How To Add Remote Force In ANSYS® Mechanical(Illustrated Expression)

In this article, we will show how to add Remote Forces to the parts in ANSYS® Mechanical. Remote Forces are generally used for attaching forces to geometric features that real application of force can be far away from this geometric feature.

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To calculate the moments that originate from remote forces, Remote Force application in ANSYS Mechanical is a very useful tool. Also, Remote Force is a boundary condition for finite element methods which makes Remote Forces is very important to define correctly on geometry.

You will learn how to apply a Remote Force to geometrical features in ANSYS® Mechanical.


How To Add Remote Force In ANSYS® Mechanical?

To add or apply Remote Force on geometry in ANSYS® Mechanical, you need to right-click on the analysis system(Static Structural in here) and hover the cursor on the Insert button as shown by the red arrow above. Click on Remote Force as shown by the red box from the list.

Select the geometric feature to apply Remote Force then click Apply on the Geometry tab as shown by the red arrow above.

You could define the remote force’s place in 3D space by entering X, Y and Z coordinates in ANSYS® Mechanical. We entered 5, 5, and 10 mm of coordinates respectively.

Select the Remote Force application method from either components or vectors. If you select components, you need to enter the force values in X, Y, and Z coordinate values individually. If yıu select the Vector method, you need to enter a force value and a vector in ANSYS® Mechanical.

As you can see above we defined 500, 600, and 700 Newtons of forces in each coordinate respectively as shown in the red box. Also, you can see the place and resultant of the entered values as shown by the red arrow. The remote force’s place is in the 3D space in ANSYS® Mechanical.


Applying remote force to a geometric feature in ANSYS® Mechanical is very easy as you can see.

Do not forget to leave your comments and questions below about the Remote Forces ANSYS® Mechanical.

NOTE: All the screenshots and images are used for educative and informative purposes. Images used courtesy of ANSYS, Inc.


2 responses to “How To Add Remote Force In ANSYS® Mechanical(Illustrated Expression)”

  1. Maximo Biarrieta Avatar
    Maximo Biarrieta

    What is the location for? I beleive the software ask for a body

    1. MB-Editor Avatar

      Forces can be assigned only on surfaces or faces.

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