Structural Building Design

The structural integrity of any building is only as good as its individual parts. The way those parts fit together along with the choice of materials and its specific site all contribute to how the building will perform under normal — or extreme — conditions. Civil engineers need to integrate this vast number of pieces into their building designs; furthermore, they need to comply with increasingly demanding safety and government regulations. At the same time, the general public is demanding environmentally conscious designs.

Structural integrity of arch rotation brackets, Wembley Stadium

Courtesy MG Bennett & Associates Ltd.

Suspended bridge modeling

Courtesy Ingeciber s.a.

ANSYS simulation software gives designers the ability to assess the influence of this range of variables in a virtual environment. Thus, engineers can advance through the design and materials selection process quickly and efficiently. ANSYS tools guide the user through coupled rock and soil mechanics analysis; material-specific maximum load assumptions; linear, nonlinear, static and dynamic analyses; sensitivity and parametric studies; and other related work — which together provide significant insight into design behavior that would be difficult with single analysis runs. Through visualizing the effect of a wide range of variables, engineers can narrow the scope of field investigations, save considerable time and cost on projects, and move more quickly to the groundbreaking stage.

The advanced capabilities of ANSYS software create a powerful tool for civil engineering projects as diverse as high-rise buildings, bridges, dams, tunnels and stadiums. By testing materials and experimenting with design in a virtual environment, engineers and designers can analyze safety, strength, comfort and environmental considerations. The result is cost-effective and innovative design.

Stress analysis in curved staircase

Courtesy Scott Taylor.