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General Mechanical

Can you determine the resultant force when using section planes?

    • marhark92
      I conducted FEA on burial fish skulls, and I gotten the vector principal stress results. I was wondering if I were to section plane, does ANSYS have a function where I can determine the resultant force between tensile and compressive at a specific cross section? Thanks!  
    • Sean Harvey
      Ansys Employee
      Hello @mmart261,

      Not sure this completely satisfies what you wish but try this.
      1. Insert a coordinate system with xy plane original and orientation of the plane
      2. Right click on model in the tree, and insert construction geometry > surface
      3. In analysis settings > output controls turn on nodal forces to yes.  You will need to resolve your model.
      4. In the solution branch, insert a probe > force reaction and set the location method to surface and for surface, select the surface you just created in step 2.
      5. Now evaluate the results and Mechanical will compute the force and moment balance at the surface (section). It uses forces from one side or the other of the surface and you have the option to change that.  I

      Please try and see if that works for you.



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