We will start with creating the solid model. You are to take the
necessary steps up o this point. Choose your element type as 4node
Quad . E = 30e6 psi and = 0.3)
Notice that since we didn't specify element size and shape, ANSYS used its default values to generate the mesh. We want to use five elements, therefore we need to clean the mesh and regenerate it after specifying "Element shape and size"
Any time you delete items like elements, nodes, areas and try to create some more you will see that ANSYS doesn't number your entities starting from one (Some of may you have encountered this problem already). To tackle this problem we are going to introduce the concept of "Compressing the numbers". Essentially what it means is that we are forcing ANSYS to start numbering from the next available number.
Ex: Suppose you created 6 areas and for some reason deleted the
last two. If you try to crate more areas, most probably next one
will be numbered as 7 NOT 5. You will avoid this problem
if you take advantage of the concept we are about to introduce.
Your screen should look something like this:
You now have the privilege of knowing how to clear the mesh. You can play until you get the mesh that you are happy with. Good Luck!!