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Physics Setup

Assign Material Properties

The material Cornellian that was created earlier needs to be applied to the beam. In order to do so, expand Geometry. Next, click once on Line Body, which will appear underneath Geometry. Then expand Material which is located under Details of Line Body. Then click on the arrow on the far right and change the specified material to Cornellian as shown below. Now ANSYS will use the correct Young's Modulus while forming the element stiffness matrices.

Fix The Left Side of The Beam

First, click on the box in the Outline Window. Next, click on the vertex pointer option, , which is on the top of the Setup window. Next, click on the left edge of the line body. A green box should appear on the left end of the line body as seen below.


Now, right click on the Static Structural folder, then click Insert and then select Fixed Support as shown in the image below.


This will set the x and y displacements as well as the slope to zero for the node at the left end of the neutral axis.

Apply a Point Force to The Right Side of The Beam

Once again, click on the vertex pointer option, , but now click the right edge of the line body. A green box should now appear on the right side of the line body as seen below.


Right click on the Static Structural folder again, then click Insert and this time select Force as shown below.


At this point, there should be a Details of "Force" window in the lower left corner of the Setup window. Expand Definition if it is not already expanded and then change Define by to Components as seen below.


Now, click on the box to the right of Y Component without clicking the Y component button and change the force to -8000N. That is, you should NOT check the box to the left of Y Component. Your Details of "Force" window should now look very similar to the following image.


You should also see the following downward facing red arrow on the right side of the line body.


The fixed end and the point force have now been applied. Leave the Setup window open for the next step. Save the project.


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