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Solid Model Creation in ansys


Introduction

This tutorial is the last of three basic tutorials devised to illustrate commom features in ANSYS. Each tutorial builds upon techniques covered in previous tutorials, it is therefore essential that you complete the tutorials in order.
The Solid Modelling Tutorial will introduce various techniques which can be used in ANSYS to create solid models. Filleting, extrusion/sweeping, copying, and working plane orientation will be covered in detail.
Two Solid Models will be created within this tutorial.

Problem Description A

We will be creating a solid model of the pulley shown in the following figure.

Geometry Generation

We will create this model by first tracing out the cross section of the pulley and then sweeping this area about the y axis.

Creation of Cross Sectional Area

  1. Create 3 RectanglesMain Menu > Preprocessor > (-Modeling-) Create > Rectangle > By 2 Corners
    BLC4, XCORNER, YCORNER, WIDTH, HEIGHT
    The geometry of the rectangles:
    Rectangle 1Rectangle 2Rectangle 3
    WP X (XCORNER)238
    WP Y (YCORNER)020
    WIDTH150.5
    HEIGHT5.515

    You should obtain the following:
  2. Add the AreasMain Menu > Preprocessor > (-Modeling-) Operate > (-Boolean-) Add > Areas
    AADD, ALL
    ANSYS will label the united area as AREA 4 and the previous three areas will be deleted.
  3. Create the rounded edges using circlesPreprocessor > (-Modeling-) Create > (-Areas-) Circle > Solid circles
    CYL4,XCENTER,YCENTER,RAD
    The geometry of the circles:
    Circle 1Circle 2
    WP X (XCENTER)38.5
    WP Y (YCENTER)5.50.2
    RADIUS0.50.2

  4. Subtract the large circle from the basePreprocessor > Operate > Subtract > Areas
    ASBA,BASE,SUBTRACT
  5. Copy the smaller circle for the rounded edges at the topPreprocessor > (-Modeling-) Copy > Areas

    • Click on the small circle and then on OK.
    • The following window will appear. It asks for the x,y and z offset of the copied area. Enter the y offset as 4.6 and then click OK.
    • Copy this new area now with an x offset of -0.5You should obtain the following
  6. Add the smaller circles to the large area.Preprocessor > Operate > Add > Areas
    AADD,ALL
  7. Fillet the inside edges of the top half of the areaPreprocessor > Create > (-Lines-) Line Fillet

    • Select the two lines shown below and click on OK.
    • The following window will appear prompting for the fillet radius. Enter 0.1
    • Follow the same procedure and create a fillet with the same radius between the following lines
  8. Create the fillet areas

    • As shown below, zoom into the fillet radius and plot and number the lines.
      Preprocessor > (-Modeling-) Create > (-Areas-) Arbitrary > By Lines
    • Select the lines as shown below
    • Repeat for the other fillet
  9. Add all the areas togetherPreprocessor > Operate > Add > Areas
    AADD,ALL
  10. Plot the areas (Utility Menu > Plot - Areas)

Sweep the Cross Sectional Area

Now we need to sweep the area around a y axis at x=0 and z=0 to create the pulley.

  1. Create two keypoints defining the y axisCreate keypoints at (0,0,0) and (0,5,0) and number them 1001 and 1002 respectively. (K,#,X,Y,Z)
  2. By default the graphics will now show all keypoints. Plot Areas
  3. Sweep the area about the y axisPreprocessor > (-Modeling-) Operate > Extrude > (-Areas-) About axis

    • You will first be prompted to select the areas to be swept so click on the area.
    • Then you will be asked to enter or pick two keypoints defining the axis.
    • Plot the Keypoints (Utility Menu > Plot > Keypoints. Then select the following two keypoints
    • The following window will appear prompting for sweeping angles. Click on OK.
      You should now see the following in the graphics screen.

Create Bolt Holes


  1. Change the Working PlaneBy default, the working plane in ANSYS is located on the global Cartesian X-Y plane. However, for us to define the bolt holes, we need to use a different working plane. There are several ways to define a working plane, one of which is to define it by three keypoints.

    • Create the following Keypoints
      XYZ
      #2001030
      #2002130
      #2003031

    • Switch the view to top view and plot only keypoints.
  2. Align the Working Plane with the KeypointsUtility Menu > WorkPlane > Align WP with > Keypoints +

    • Select Keypoints 2001 then 2002 then 2003 IN THAT ORDER. The first keypoint (2001) defines the origin of the working plane coordinate system, the second keypoint (2002) defines the x-axis orientation, while the third (2003) defines the orientation of the working plane. The following warning will appear when selecting the keypoint at the origin as there are more than one in this location.
      Just click on 'Next' until the one selected is 2001.
    • Once you have selected the 3 keypoints and clicked 'OK' the WP symbol (green) should appear in the Graphics window. Another way to make sure the active WP has moves is:Utility Menu > WorkPlane > Show WP Status
      note the origin of the working plane. By default those values would be 0,0,0.
  3. Create a Cylinder (solid cylinder) with x=5.5 y=0 r=0.5 depth=1 You should see the following in the graphics screen
    We will now copy this volume so that we repeat it every 45 degrees. Note that you must copy the cylinder before you use boolean operations to subtract it because you cannot copy an empty space.
  4. We need to change active CS to cylindrical YUtility Menu > WorkPlane > Change Active CS to > Global Cylindrical Y
    This will allow us to copy radially about the Y axis
  5. Create 8 bolt HolesPreprocessor > Copy > Volumes

    • Select the cylinder volume and click on OK. The following window will appear; fill in the blanks as shown,
      Youi should obtain the following model,
    • Subtract the cylinders from the pulley hub (Boolean operations) to create the boltholes. This will result in the following completed structure:

Command File Mode of Solution  

The above example was solved using a mixture of the Graphical User Interface (or GUI) and the command language interface of ANSYS. This problem has also been solved using the ANSYS command language interface that you may want to browse. Open the .HTML version, copy and paste the code into Notepad or a similar text editor and save it to your computer. Now go to 'File > Read input from...' and select the file. A .PDF version is also available for printing.

Problem Description B

We will be creating a solid model of the Spindle Base shown in the following figure.

Geometry Generation

We will create this model by creating the base and the back and then the rib.

Create the Base

  1. Create the base rectangle
    WP X (XCORNER)WP Y (YCORNER)WIDTHHEIGHT
    00109102
  2. Create the curved edge (using keypoints and lines to create an area)

    • Create the following keypoints
      XYZ
      Keypoint 5-20820
      Keypoint 6-20200
      Keypoint 70820
      Keypoint 80200
      You should obtain the following:
    • Create arcs joining the keypointsMain Menu > Preprocessor > (-Modeling-) Create > (-Lines-) Arcs > By End KPs & Rad

      • Select keypoints 4 and 5 (either click on them or type 4,5 into the command line) when prompted.
      • Select Keypoint 7 as the center-of-curvature when prompted.
      • Enter the radius of the arc (20) in the 'Arc by End KPs & Radius' window
      • Repeat to create an arc from keypoints 1 and 6
      (Alternatively, type LARC,4,5,7,20 followed by LARC,1,6,8,20 into the command line)
    • Create a line from Keypoint 5 to 6Main Menu > Preprocessor > (-Modeling-) Create > (-Lines-) Lines > Straight Line
      L,5,6
    • Create an Arbitrary area within the bounds of the linesMain Menu > Preprocessor > (-Modeling-) Create > (-Areas-) Arbitrary > By Lines
      AL,4,5,6,7
    • Combine the 2 areas into 1 (to form Area 3)Main Menu > Preprocessor > (-Modeling-) Operate > (-Booleans-) Add > Volumes
      AADD,1,2
    You should obtain the following image:
  3. Create the 4 holes in the baseWe will make use of the 'copy' feature in ANSYS to create all 4 holes

    • Create the bottom left circle (XCENTER=0, YCENTER=20, RADIUS=10)
    • Copy the area to create the bottom right circle (DX=69)(AGEN,# Copies (include original),Area#,Area2# (if 2 areas to be copied),DX,DY,DZ)
    • Copy both circles to create the upper circles (DY=62)
    • Subtract the three circles from the main base(ASBA,3,ALL)
    You should obtain the following:
  4. Extrude the basePreprocessor > (-Modeling-) Operate > Extrude > (-Areas-) Along Normal
      The following window will appear once you select the area

    • Fill in the window as shown (length of extrusion = 26mm). Note, to extrude the area in the negative z direction you would simply enter -26.
    (Alternatively, type VOFFST,6,26 into the command line)

Create the Back


  1. Change the working planeAs in the previous example, we need to change the working plane. You may have observed that geometry can only be created in the X-Y plane. Therefore, in order to create the back of the Spindle Base, we need to create a new working plane where the X-Y plane is parallel to the back. Again, we will define the working plane by aligning it to 3 Keypoints.

    • Create the following keypoints
      XYZ
      #1001091020
      #10110920
      #102159102sqrt(3)/0.02

    • Align the working plane to the 3 keypointsRecall when defining the working plane; the first keypoint defines the origin, the second keypoint defines the x-axis orientation, while the third defines the orientation of the working plane.
      (Alternatively, type KWPLAN,1,100,101,102 into the command line)
  2. Create the back area

    • Create the base rectangle (XCORNER=0, YCORNER=0, WIDTH=102, HEIGHT=180)
    • Create a circle to obtain the curved top (XCENTER=51, YCENTER=180, RADIUS=51)
    • Add the 2 areas together
  3. Extrude the area (length of extrusion = 26mm)Preprocessor > (-Modeling-) Operate > Extrude > (-Areas-) Along Normal
    VOFFST,27,26
  4. Add the base and the back together

    • Add the two volumes togetherPreprocessor > (-Modeling-) Operate > (-Booleans-) Add > Volumes
      VADD,1,2
      You should now have the following geometry
      Note that the planar areas between the two volumes were not added together.
    • Add the planar areas together (don't forget the other side!)Preprocessor > (-Modeling-) Operate > (-Booleans-) Add > Areas
      AADD, Area 1, Area 2, Area 3
  5. Create the Upper Cylinder

    • Create the outer cylinder (XCENTER=51, YCENTER=180, RADIUS=32, DEPTH=60)Preprocessor > (-Modeling-) Create > (-Volumes-) Cylinder > Solid Cylinder
      CYL4,51,180,32, , , ,60
    • Add the volumes together
    • Create the inner cylinder (XCENTER=51, YCENTER=180, RADIUS=18.5, DEPTH=60)
    • Subtract the volumes to obtain a hole
    You should now have the following geometry:

Create the Rib


  1. Change the working plane

    • First change the active coordinate system back to the global coordinate system (this will make it easier to align to the new coordinate system)Utility Menu > WorkPlane > Align WP with > Global Cartesian(Alternatively, type WPCSYS,-1,0 into the command line)
    • Create the following keypoints
      XYZ
      #200-206126
      #20106126
      #202-206130

    • Align the working plane to the 3 keypointsRecall when defining the working plane; the first keypoint defines the origin, the second keypoint defines the x-axis orientation, while the third defines the orientation of the working plane.
      (Alternatively, type KWPLAN,1,200,201,202 into the command line)
  2. Change active coordinate systemWe now need to update the coordiante system to follow the working plane changes (ie make the new Work Plane origin the active coordinate)
    Utility Menu > WorkPlane > Change Active CS to > Working Plane
    CSYS,4
  3. Create the area

    • Create the keypoints corresponding to the vertices of the rib
      XYZ
      #203129-(0.57735*26)00
      #204129-(0.57735*26) + 38sqrt(3)/2*760

    • Create the rib area through keypoints 200, 203, 204Preprocessor > (-Modeling-) Create > (-Areas-) Arbitrary > Through KPs
      A,200,203,204
  4. Extrude the area (length of extrusion = 20mm)
  5. Add the volumes together
You should obtain the following:

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