Stanley adopts MBD for ANSYS to study motion.

About Stanley Black and Decker

Stanley Hand Tools is a brand of hand tools. It is a division of Stanley Black & Decker, following the 2010 merger of The Stanley Works with Black & Decker. Stanley owns the biggest market share in the construction and DIY segment


What does Stanley use MBD for ANSYS for?

The forces applied to locking pliers by the hands of a user result in the distribution of significant forces on the tool. Using MBD for ANSYS, a variety of input forces on the grips can be modeled and simulated numerically over a wide range of conditions to obtain an accurate range of distributed forces over the tool without requiring a physical prototype. These resultant reaction forces at the various joints and connections of the tool can be transferred into a finite element model in ANSYS for structural and durability analyses.






The steps to use MBD for ANSYS

Step #1. Import the CAD file.

Step #2. Create joints, spring and contact.

Step #3. Define the gripping force as a driving force.

Step #4. Run the simulations and review the results.

Step #5. Modify the parameters and compare the results.









Step #1. Import the CAD file


Firstly, import the CAD file using ANSYS Workbench. K-2





Step #2. Create joints, spring, and contact

Create dynamic objects using GUI.




Step #3. Define the gripping force as a driving force








Step #4. Run the simulation and review the results






Step #5. Modify the parameters and compare the results

  • Changing the magnitude of the input force
  • Changing the spring coefficient
  • Users can compare the effect of the change on the output force using the simulation








MBD for ANSYS Multi-Body Dynamics simulation outputs are automatically transferred as loads on a FEA model.


Step #1. Configure the MBD Load Transfer

Run 1. MBD Load Transfer Config.

Select the part to transfer the loads and the time instants.







Step #2. Set the FE Boundary Condition and Solve

Run 2. Set FE Boundary Cond.

Solve the FEA model using the transferred load condition.




Multi-Body Dynamics is mainly used for

The calculation of loads (at joints, contacts and where forces are applied) that can be used for component-level structural analysis.

The study of the dynamic behavior of assembly of rigid or flexible bodies, usually including large translational/rotational displacement (motion).

Example of Multi-Body Dynamics


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