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The following ANSYS tutorials focus on the interpretation and verification of FEA results (rather than on obtaining an FEA solution from scratch). The ANSYS solution files are provided as a download. We read the solution into ANSYS Mechanical and then move directly to reviewing the results critically. We are particularly interested in the comparison of FEA results with hand calculations.

A steel bar is mounted in a rigid wall and axially loaded at the end by a force P = 2 kN as shown in the figure below. The bar dimensions are indicated in the figure. The bar is so thin that there is no significant stress variation through the thickness. Neglect gravity.