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Creating And Editing Section Planes Effectively In ANSYS® Mechanical

You can create section planes in ANSYS® to see the situation inside the solid bodies. Here, we explain how to create section planes and edit them in ANSYS® Mechanical to see inside the solid bodies, with a very basic example below.

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How To Create Section Planes In ANSYS® Mechanical?

Click on ‘New Section Plane’ in ANSYS® Mechanical.

To create a new section plane, click on the ‘New Section Plane’ command in the ANSYS® Mechanical toolbar as shown by the red arrow above.

Slice the geometry to create a section plane.

After clicking on the ‘New Section Plane’ command in ANSYS® Mechanical, draw a slicing line as shown by the red arrow, that will slice the geometry to obtain a section plane perpendicular to the screen. The orientation of geometry is also very important to create the desired section plane.


All the created section planes will be listed on the ‘Section Plane’ window as shown by the green arrow above.

Sliced geometry.

As you see above, the section plane is created with the slicing line that is drawn in ANSYS® Mechanical.

Section plane options in ANSYS® Mechanical.

There are some options in the ‘Section Plane’ window in ANSYS® Mechanical. If you click on the created section plane, the options available for section planes right to left, inside green box;

  • New Section Plane: You can create a new section plane with the same steps explained above.
  • Edit Section Plane: You can edit the selected section plane from the list.
  • Delete Section Plane: You can delete the selected section plane from the list.
  • Show Elements: By default, mesh elements are also divided into the created section plane. If you click on this option, the section that is created will shown like below;
Whole mesh elements are shown in the section plane.

As you see above, all the mesh elements that are coincident with the section plane wholly shown in ANSYS® Mechanical.


As you see above creating section planes is very easy in ANSYS® Mechanical.

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NOTE: All the screenshots and images are used for educational and informative purposes. Images used courtesy of ANSYS, Inc.

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