Creating New Materials in ANSYS(Illustrated Expression)

How to Create a New Material in ANSYS?

When you are doing various analyses in ANSYS®, generally use materials that are needed to have enough material property information in the Engineering Data. Sometimes, to can not find your material in the ANSYS® materials library. In this situation, you need to create your material with the material properties information that you have already in ANSYS®. In this text you will learn creating materials in ANSYS. And how can you add properties to your newly created material in ANSYS®. Also, if you follow the below information and example, you will learn how to create and define all the properties of your new material in ANSYS®.

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How to Create a New Material in ANSYS®?

Double click on the Engineering Data
Click on Engineering Data.

Firstly, to start to the creating new materials in ANSYS, double click on the Engineering Data from your analysis in the Workbench shown by the red arrow above.

Click on here to create a new material
Click on Engineering Data Sources.

Secondly, click on the Engineering Data Source tab as shown by the red arrow above. Then click on the click here to add a new library to ‘create your material library’ inside the ANSYS® as shown in the red box.

Save the material library
Form a material library in ANSYS®.

And enter your new material library name and press enter. There will be a screen that appeared. Enter your .xml file name as shown by the red arrow above, then click on Save(‘Kaydet’ means Save in Turkish) to create your new material in ANSYS®.

Create your new material in ANSYS
Create your new material in ANSYS®.

After that, you just tick on the place shown by the green box above. And, to create your new material inside this library, click on ‘Click here to add a new material’ as shown in the red box above.

Defining Material Properties of New Material in ANSYS

Add material properties to the new material in ANSYS
Add material properties to your new material in ANSYS®.

To add material properties while creating new materials in ANSYS, you need to just drag a material property to the ‘Property’ tab as shown by the red arrow from the Toolbox region in the red box above. Also, untick the ‘Filter Engineering Data’ that filters lots of material properties that you can not see in the Toolbox.

Adjust units
Adjust units etc. of your new material.

For example, we added a Density property to our new material. Then you just input your value as shown by the red box then select your unit for your new material property as shown in the red arrow in ANSYS®.

Enter the material properties in tabular basis.
You can enter your material values on a tabular basis.

Also, you can add your new material property as tabular data as shown by the red arrow above. For example, we defined our Density of new material in ANSYS® as tabular data that changes with the temperature which is showing the Value is Tabular as in the red box above in ANSYS®.

Saving the New Material

Save the new material.
Save your material to your material library.

When you complete the creating new material in ANSYS, just untick the newly created material library by you as shown in the green box above. Then save the changes by clicking on the Yes as shıwn by the red arrow to finish your creation of the new material in ANSYS®.

Creating new materials is very simple in ANSYS
This is your newly created material in ANSYS®.

Finally, your new material is created, and you can use this newly created material in ANSYS® analyses.

There are also various features of ANSYS® to monitor the materials in FEA analyses.

Conclusion

So, do not forget to leave your comments and questions below about creating new materials in ANSYS Workbench.

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

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