Guide to the ANSYS Documentation
The manuals listed below form the ANSYS product documentation set. They include descriptions of the procedures, commands, elements, and theoretical details needed to use ANSYS. A brief description of each manual follows.
Commands Reference: Describes all ANSYS commands, in alphabetical order. It is the definitive reference for correct command usage, providing associated menu paths, product applicability, and usage notes.
Elements Reference: Describes all ANSYS element, in numerical order. It is the primary reference for correct element type input and output, providing comprehensive descriptions for every option of every element. Includes a pictorial catalog of the characteristics of each ANSYS element.
Operations Guide: Describes basic ANSYS operations such as starting, stopping, interactive or batch operation, using help, and use of the graphical user interface (GUI).
Basic Analysis Guide: Describes general tasks that apply to any type of analysis, including applying loads to a model, obtaining a solution, and using the ANSYS program's graphics capabilities to review results.
Advanced Analysis Techniques Guide: Discusses techniques commonly used for complex analyses or by experienced ANSYS users, including design optimization, manual rezoning, cyclic symmetry, rotating structures, submodeling, substructuring, component mode synthesis, and cross sections.
Modeling and Meshing Guide: Explains how to build a finite element model and mesh it.
Distributed ANSYS Guide: Explains how to configure a distributed processing environment and proceed with a distributed analysis.
Structural Analysis Guide: Describes how to perform the following structural analyses: static, modal, harmonic, transient, spectrum, buckling, nonlinear, material curve fitting, gasket joint simulation, fracture, composite, fatigue, p-method, beam, and shell.
Contact Technology Guide: Describes how to perform contact analyses (surface-to-surface, node-to-surface, node-to-node) and describes other contact-related features such as multipoint constraints and spot welds.
Multibody Analysis Guide: Describes how to perform a multibody simulation to analyze the dynamic behavior of a system of interconnected bodies comprised of flexible and/or rigid components.
Thermal Analysis Guide: Describes how to do steady-state or transient thermal analyses.
Fluids Analysis Guide: Describes how to perform fluid flow analyses including computational fluid dynamics, acoustics, and thin films.
Low-Frequency Electromagnetic Analysis Guide: Explains techniques for doing transient, static, or harmonic magnetic analyses; steady state current conduction; quasistatic harmonic and time-transient electric; electrostatic; and circuit.
High-Frequency Electromagnetic Analysis Guide: Explains how to do harmonic and modal high-frequency analyses.
Coupled-Field Analysis Guide: Explains how to perform analyses that involve an interaction between two or more fields of engineering.
ANSYS Parametric Design Language Guide: Describes features of the ANSYS Parametric Design Language (APDL), including parameters, array parameters, macros, and ways to interface with the ANSYS GUI. Explains how to automate common tasks or to build your model in terms of parameters. Includes a command reference for all APDL-related commands.
Troubleshooting Guide: A compilation of common error messages and resolution recommendations.
ANSYS LS-DYNA User's Guide: Explains how to perform an explicit dynamic analysis using the ANSYS LS-DYNA product. Describes features unique to explicit dynamics (element types, materials types, etc.), and also explains how to perform explicit-to-implicit and implicit-to-explicit sequential solutions.
ANSYS Connection User's Guide: Gives instructions for using the ANSYS Connection products, which help you import parts and models into ANSYS.
Verification Manual: Demonstrates a wide range of ANSYS elements and capabilities in simple, straightforward problems which have "classical" or readily-obtainable theoretical solutions. Most element types and major solution capabilities of ANSYS are included in this set of test cases. These problems may serve as the basis for additional validation and qualification of ANSYS capabilities for specific applications.
Theory Reference for ANSYS and ANSYS Workbench: Provides the theoretical basis for calculations in the ANSYS program, such as elements, solvers and results formulations, material models, and analysis methods. By understanding the underlying theory, you can make better use of ANSYS capabilities while being aware of assumptions and limitations.
All of the above manuals are available online through the ANSYS Help System, which can be accessed either as a stand-alone system or from within the ANSYS program.
NOTICE. The manuals above provide the complete specification of the ANSYS program referenced in your license agreement. This specification describes how to use the program, input required for commands and elements, and how the input data relate to the output.
Other documents (such as the ANSYS Tutorials and seminars, various Supplements, etc.) may be referenced by or listed in the ANSYS manuals listed above. However, these other documents are offered solely as aids, and do not undergo the same rigorous verification as the ANSYS product documentation set. No documents other than the manuals listed above are considered to be part of the formal program specification as stated in your license agreement.
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