# How to disregard thermal stresses?

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 September 27, 2015, 11:11 How to disregard thermal stresses? #1 New Member   Marlon Saveri Join Date: Aug 2015 Posts: 8 Rep Power: 2 Hi, When I simulate a simple block, 2D, free, and I apply an uniform thermal condition (cooling in my case), It starts to shrink (as we expected) and we can see a displacement in the result. Ok. However, Ansys also shows a stress happening. One can say there's stress since Sigma = E*Epsilon (Hook's Law), however, since the body is free in all directions, it shouldn't show any stress. It's just a shrinkage. What can we do to disconsider this stress in the result? For example: A material has yield strength = X at 295K and yield strength = Y at 80K (Y use to be >X). So, if I aply a load < Y at 80K, this material will be ok. But, when I simulate the cooling, Ansys shows me there's a stress = Y-10 MPa acting. Therefore, just applying 10MPa would be enought to damage the body, and it's not true. Now, why is it a big problem (a bug?): imagine we have two bodies, of different materials, conected side by side. Since they have different expansion coefficients, now we really expect a stress caused by this difference of shrinkage. I'm interessed in this values, disregarding that effect Ansys shows about just cool a body. Last edited by marlon; September 27, 2015 at 11:23. Reason: I'd changed Y by X at the explanation

 October 2, 2015, 13:17 #2 Senior Member   Pauli Join Date: Mar 2009 Posts: 183 Rep Power: 8 If you are using ANSYS Mechanical go under the Geometry section select the part then set Thermal Strain Effects to no.

 October 2, 2015, 21:23 #3 New Member   Marlon Saveri Join Date: Aug 2015 Posts: 8 Rep Power: 2 Hi, Actually, check the thermal stress is important, the problem was they should not exist when a body of just one material is cooled without fixed points. One said to me change from "Plane Strain" to "Plane Stress" at that analysis and it worked.

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