Document Type


Date of Award

Spring 5-31-1986

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - (M.S.)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Rong-Yaw Chen

Second Advisor

Edward Miller

Third Advisor

Jui Sheng Hsieh


The ANSYS computer program is the application of finite element methods to large-scale engineering problems. In this work the ANSYS program has been employed to solve the circular plate under uniformly loaded with various boundary conditions as follows: (1) clamped along entire edge, (2) simply supported along entire edge, (3) clamped at several points along the boundary, (4) simply supported at several points along the boundary, and (5) simply supported 36 points with 4 points clamped..

The results obtained from the ANSYS program illustrated that the finite element method has no boundary conditions constraints and presents good approximations to the exact solutions derived by differential equations. These examples also have clearly shown that the results converge to the exact solutions when the number of elements is increased.