February 11, 2022 at 8:06 pmWolfgangNeilSubscriber
I'm trying to analyze a cylindrical part on which I need to define orthotropic material properties for which I need to orient the axes of each element as per a cylindrical coordinate system. However I can't see a suitable option to do so in Workbench or think of an alternate methodology. Can someone share their insight in order to overcome this issue?February 14, 2022 at 6:27 pmFebruary 14, 2022 at 7:20 pmWolfgangNeilSubscriberThere's no option to implement a cylindrical CS using the option in the picture you have shared.
For a cylindrical geometry, it'll result in inaccuracy if we use a Cartesian CS for the element orientation as one direction needs to follow the curvature of the element.
February 15, 2022 at 3:54 pmSuryaAnsys Employee
You can create a cylindrical coordinate system by right click on Coordinate systems>insert>coordinate system.
After creating one, you can create element orientation and change the "Defined by" to coordinate system and select your cylindrical coordinate system.
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February 15, 2022 at 6:31 pmWolfgangNeilSubscriberThank you for showing the methodology.
But I want to know whether this option has resulted in defining the material properties w.r.t the chosen global CS (as I can't visualize the element alignment grid) or implemented locally to each element similar to when I choose the "Defined By" as "Surface and Edge Guide".
February 16, 2022 at 9:38 pmpeteroznewmanSubscriberOnce the solution is done, you can right click on Solution and insert Coordinate Systems/Elemental Triads. Once you Evaluate Results for this item, you can see the Elemental Coordinate System for the elements of the selected geometry.
February 17, 2022 at 7:55 amWolfgangNeilSubscriberThank you for the comment.
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