## General Mechanical

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#### Time Step in Transient Structural (Analysis Settings)

• Ichinisan
Subscriber

I am a beginner in Ansys. I've only started working on the software for the past four months. Now, I am working on a study using linear time history. One of my goals in this study is to compare the results from the linear time history I initiated in Ansys to other structural analysis software like Etabs to validate the results.

I performed linear time history in Ansys through modal and transient analysis, and I'm looking for the displacement of the structure when subjected to acceleration. However, I am having a hard time matching the results of Ansys with Etabs.

I have tried to make the loads similar in Etabs and Ansys and have successfully matched the results of the modal analyses from each software after several attempts. But the results in the transient analysis are still far from each other. Since I am more familiar with Etabs, I am sure that I have performed the linear time history analysis well in that software.

However, Ansys has a different interface and features than Etabs. I am not sure whether I have performed the analysis well in Ansys because it produces small values compared with Etabs, especially while using the transient analysis.

I think that perhaps, the analysis settings in the transient analysis of Ansys have something to do with the discrepancy between the results. I believe there is a need to input the correct time step. However, I am still having trouble defining such value. Can anyone please help me?

• Chandra Sekaran
Ansys Employee
What is the time step size used in ETABS? Here you have specified a time step size of 2.6 seconds but the end of the transient is only 4 seconds. So you are really doing only 2 solutions - one at 2.6 seconds and next at 4 seconds. You mentioned the modal analysis is good. Take a look at the frequencies and mode shapes. The general rule of thumb is to put 20 points per cycle at the highest frequency that you want to resolve. So for example if the highest frequency of interest is 100 Hz then the time step size will be 1/(100*20) seconds following the above rule of thumb. I think your time step size is not right.
• Ichinisan
Subscriber
Hello! Thank you for responding to my question. I have now corrected my time step size, and I have already matched the data from ETABS and Ansys. I figured out how to get the correct time step size, and the formula you've given verified the process I initiated. Thank you so much for shedding some light on my research.Cheers!