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Creating And Editing Section Planes Effectively In ANSYS® Mechanical

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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?

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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.

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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.

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

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Sliced geometry.

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

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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;
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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.

Conclusion

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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