Pre-Analysis & Start-up
It is highly recommended that one perform some sort of hand calculation to predict expected results before attempting a simulation. We call this "Pre-Analysis". The hand calculation can later be used to check the results of the simulation.
We use Euler-Bernoulli beam theory to calculate the expected strain values at the gage center. Click here to see the "Pre-Analysis" for the bike crank. Note that the hand calculation uses tensor shear strain while ANSYS reports engineering shear strain (which is two times the tensor shear strain).
Open ANSYS Workbench
Now that we have completed the pre-calculations, we are ready to do a simulation in ANSYS Workbench! Open ANSYS Workbench by going to Start > ANSYS > Workbench. This will open the start up screen seen as seen below
To begin, we need to tell ANSYS what kind of simulation we are doing. If you look to the left of the start up window, you will see the Toolbox Window. Take a look through the different selections. The bicycle crank is a static structural simulation. Load the Static Structural tool box by dragging and dropping it into the Project Schematic.
Name the Project
Bike Crank .
Now we need to specify what type of material we are working with. Double click Engineering Data and it will take you to the Engineering Data Menus.
If you look under the Outline of Schematic A2: Engineering Data Window, you will see that the default material is Structural Steel. The Problem Specification specifies the material's Modulus of Elasticity and Poisson ratio. To add a new material, click in an empty box labeled Click here to add a new material and give it a name. Our Material is
Al 6061-T6. On the left hand side of the screen in the Toolbox window, expand Linear Elastic and double click Isotropic Elasticity to specify E and
1E7, and set the Poisson Ratio to
Now that the Material has been specified, we are ready to import the geometry into ANSYS.