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In this text of Mechanical Base, we will show you how to insert or attach Fixed Supports to bodies in ANSYS® Mechanical. Supports are very important variables in mechanical engineering structural problems that are generally used as the define actual physical conditions of parts. Fixed supports are also used as boundary conditions in finite element analyses. So it is very important to define fixed supports in a good way.
You will learn how to fix a part by using Fixed Support in ANSYS® Mechanical from this article.
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The part is generally come as free(6Dof) to ANSYS® Mechanical which means we need to restrict these parts by defining correct boundary conditions as in the physical model of the part. One of the restricting boundary conditions for these parts is Fixed Support. Fixed Support fixes the part from the selected geometrical features such as faces or surfaces. It gives restraint to the part to lower the degrees of freedom of part in ANSYS® Mechanical.
To insert fixed support to a part in ANSYS® Mechanical, right-click on the analysis system in Mechanical interface(Static Structural in this example). Hover your cursor on Insert as shown by the red arrow above then click on the Fixed Support from the list as shown by the red box to add a Fixed Support to a part in ANSYS® Mechanical.
To add fixed support in ANSYS® Mechanical, click on the faces, vertexes, or edges that you want to assign fixed support, then click on Apply to the geometry section as shown by the red arrow above.
As you can see a Fixed Support to the top side of the free part is applied.
The application of Fixed Supports to geometries in ANSYS® Mechanical is very easy like that.
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