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Shared topology tutorial


ANSYS utilizes shared topology when bodies are grouped into multi-body parts and the solid(s) and surface(s) are touching or intersecting. A component in SpaceClaim becomes a multi-body part in ANSYS.

See Shared topology in ANSYS for more information.

Step 1: Open the document

  1. Click on the following link and save the file on your computer: Top_Level_Assy.scdoc.

  2. Open the document in SpaceClaim.

    The design looks like this:



    If you are using the online version of the help, the model will be downloaded as a zip file. You need to save it to your disk and change the file extension from ".zip" to ".scdoc"

Shared topology tutorial: Step 2

You should see six solids and two components in the Structure treeClosed:



Solids under the same component will be sent to ANSYS as a multi-body part if the Shared Topology property is set to true. In this case the solids are at the top level, and two midsurfaces are also in their own components. See Shared topology in ANSYS for detailed information about how shared topology propagates through the structure for designs sent to ANSYS 11.0 vs. ANSYS 12.0 and 12.1.

Only visible objects are sent to ANSYS; hidden objects are not sent.

Hide and unhide components

  1. Right-click the blue solid and select Hide:



    As you can see, the smaller parts that share the component with the blue part are not imprinted. You do not need to imprint edges from one body to another to have a multi-body part. It will be created automatically if the solids are in the same component.



  2. Click the box next to Top_Level_Assy twice to hide and then unhide all of the objects in the Design windowClosed.

    All objects should now be visible.

  3. Click ANSYS Workbench on the ANSYS tab to launch Workbench and send the design.

Shared topology tutorial: Step 3

Generate a mesh to see how ANSYS Workbench handles multi-body parts.

Generate a mesh

  1. Switch to ANSYS Workbench.

  2. Expand the design in the structure tree.

    All of the solids are in the same component so they will be recognized as a multi-body part and use shared topology.

  3. Right click Mesh and select Generate Mesh.



  4. The solids should now be meshed. Take some time to view the mesh. Notice how it looks around all of the components.


Shared topology tutorial: Step 4

Now let's take a closer look at the mesh.

Hide a body and look at the mesh

  1. Select the center solid and right click to hide the body.



  2. Notice that the mesh has been formed around the solids that used to be there.



    Also notice that the top face has been split into regions in order to use shared topology. No imprinting of edges needs to be done in SpaceClaim to make this occur. Overlapping parts also create shared topology.

Shared topology tutorial: Step 5

For ANSYS 11.0, there are two methods to prevent multi-body parts:

For ANSYS 12.0 and 12.1, you must make sure the top level component has its Shared Topology property set to False, and then change the property for each component as desired. Keep in mind that the property is applied to everything below a component, including its sub-components.

In this exercise we will put the solids in sub-components and set the Shared Topology property because this method works for all supported versions of ANSYS.

Prevent multi-body parts in ANSYS Workbench

  1. Go back to SpaceClaim.

  2. Right-click the blue solid that we hid in Step 2 and select MoveClosed to New ComponentClosed.



  3. Name the component bearing.



  4. Put the remaining solids in a component:

    1. Select the solids in the Structure treeClosed.

    2. Right-click and select MoveClosed to New ComponentClosed.



  5. Select Component1 and change its Shared Topology property to true.

  6. Go back to Workbench and select the model in the structure tree.

  7. Click Update: Use Geometry Parameter Values.



    This will update the geometry in Workbench from SpaceClaim, so your change will be sent over.


  8. Notice that the bearing component is now in the structure tree in Workbench.

  9. Right-click Mesh and select Generate Mesh.

Shared topology tutorial: Step 6

Spend some time looking at the mesh and how it was created for the multi-body parts.

Inspect the mesh

  1. Hide the bearings and notice that the small components are no longer split.



  2. Hide the plug on top of the design to see that the solids that are still under the same component are still using the same topology. This includes the midsurfaces.



    NoteClosed: To make a multi-body part, the solids need to exist in the same component and the Shared Topology property for the component must be set to True.

Shared topology tutorial: Conclusion

In this tutorial you learned

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