Assigning Materials in ANSYS – Illustrated Explanation

Assigning Materials in ANSYS – Illustrated Explanation

In this article, we will show how to assign material from ANSYS Material Library or material created by you from ANSYS® Engineering Data Sources. You can have lots of parts and assemblies to analyze in ANSYS® Mechanical. So you can define different materials for these parts in ANSYS Mechanical. Also In this text, we will show you how to do it in ANSYS Mechanical interface.

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How do assign different materials to different parts in ANSYS Mechanical?

Firstly, you need to select the materials from Engineering Data to assign these materials to the parts that you open in ANSYS Mechanical. So double click on the Engineering Data as shown by the blue arrow below.

Click on the Engineering Data in ANSYS Workbench to assign materials.
Click on engineering data.
Select the materials in ANSYS Workbench.
Selecting materials in Engineering Data Sources in ANSYS® Workbench.

Click on Engineering Data Sources as shown by the blue box above and select your material library that that material that you want to use in ANSYS Mechanical as shown by the red box, then select the materials that you will use in ANSYS Mechanical by clicking on little plus buttons as shown by red arrows.

If you assign materials in ANSYS, book symbol will appear.
Adding various materials to assign in ANSYS® Mechanical.

So close from the Engineering Data Sources section then click on the Model as shown by the red arrow below to open ANSYS Mechanical to assign these selected materials to the parts.

Click on the Model tab.

We selected the whole materials as you can see. You can use these materials in ANSYS Mechanical.

Select the materials to assign in ANSYS Mechanical.
Assigning material to different parts in ANSYS® Mechanical.

In the interface, you need to open your geometry tab as shown by the red box above then you could select your assembly geometries individually to assign different materials inside the ANSYS Mechanical interface.

As you can see you can assign materials from the section as the red arrow. And also you can see we assigned the default materials as Structural Steel which is a default material in ANSYS Mechanical.


Above all, you can assign different materials as shown in the blue box. So, in the blue box, you can see the whole materials that you select in the engineering data in ANSYS Workbench. The whole stuff about assigning different materials to different parts in ANSYS Mechanical is like that.

Finally, do not forget to leave your comments and questions below about assigning different materials to different parts in ANSYS Mechanical.

NOTE: We use all the screenshots and images for educative and informative purposes. Images used courtesy of ANSYS, Inc.

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