FEA103: Comprehensive ANSYS Introductory

Price: US$3,000 (CDN$3,250) per person

Length: 5 days

Course Details (see below)

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The overall goal is to produce “rational and intelligent usage” by discussing the philosophies of ANSYS Mechanical APDL (Classic ANSYS) & Mechanical (Workbench), and then attempt to logically and systematically bridge the two. Basic FE concepts will also be discussed (element shape functions & integration schemes (assumed response), averaging, stress convergence, etc.). The course material has been specifically written to be a thorough and invaluable material reference.

The course will include similar tutorials in ANSYS Workbench Mechanical and ANSYS Mechanical APDL in order to compare methodologies between the two interfaces. This will allow users to better understand and choose the best method for future projects. Interfacing between the two methods and extended functionality of ANSYS Workbench Mechanical through knowledge of ANSYS Mechanical APDL will also be covered. This will provide the foundation for getting "best of both worlds" functionality.

ANSYS Mechanical APDL (Classic ANSYS) - 2 Days:


  • Processors (/PREP7, /SOLU, /POST1, /POST26) + overall philosophy
  • Element Attributes: MAT, REAL, TYPE, SECN, ESYS
  • Geometry & Meshing Selection Coordinate Systems (Global vs. Local)
  • Boundary Conditions (local Nodal Coordinate Systems)
  • Load Types (forces, pressures, accelerations, body force temperatures, etc.)
  • Brief discussion of elements
    • Types (0D, 1D, 2D, 3D) + new generation 18x series
    • Displacement functions (assumed response + limitations)
    • Integration point locations & interpolation/extrapolation
    • Integration schemes (reduced vs. full)
  • Solution of Equations
    • [K][d]=[F]
    • Linear (i.e. small deflection) vs. Nonlinear analyses. Assumptions & Limitations.
    • Rigid Body Motion (RMB) and minimum constraint requirements
    • Brief description of analysis types (Static, Modal, Harmonic, Random, Transient)
  • Post-Processing
    • Discuss results (Poisson effect at constraints, comparison with closed form solutions: x=My/I)
    • Element averaging (nodal vs. element results) + singularities + stress convergence & mesh density
  • APDL overview (review an input deck in detail)
  • Online Help Documentation (Guides, Commands, Elements, Theory, etc.) + Customer Portal

ANSYS Workbench Mechanical - 2 Days:

  • WB GUI Overview + Philosophy (discuss main differences with MAPDL)
  • CAD Integration + Parameters (DM)
    • Design Modeler - brief discussion on what it is and what it’s for.
    • Supported body types
  • User defined Coordinate Systems (local)
  • Geometry Selection and Filtering
  • Mesh Controls
    • Global Details
    • Local Details: Methods, Sizing (scoped geometry), Refinement
    • Virtual Topology
  • Contact:
    • Pair Definitions (automatic generation + manual)
    • Types, behaviors, algorithms etc.
    • How they are interpreted by the ANSYS solver (target vs. contact)
  • Worksheets (Sorting, Go-To functionality, Export to Excel, etc.)
  • Boundary Conditions and Loading (incl. symmetry, remote forces/displacements). These are directly compared to underlying definitions in ANSYS MAPDL.
  • Solution
    • Environments
    • Options
  • Results
    • Scoping
    • Reactions/Probes
    • Accuracy (stress convergence via adaptive refinement)
    • Animations, Export to Excel, Solution Combinations
    • Multiple Environments/Models (Duplication)
  • Online Help Documentation

Major Differences between Interfaces will be discussed throughout the course such as:
  • WB Geometry Based (fully) vs. Geom+FE control
  • Information Accessibility
  • WB CAD Integration
  • WB Multiple Models/Environments for comparative studies
  • Sequential Analyses & Initial Conditions (Prestressed modal, thermal, etc.)
  • WB Add-On Modules & Programs (DM, FE Modeler)
  • Supported Capabilities in WB
  • ETCONTROL (18x settings and defaults)
  • WB Automatic Contact Generation + Options
  • Output
  • Interfacing Workbench with ANSYS Traditional
    • DM ANSYS Neutral File (ANF) CAD transfer
    • Input File (go through structure in detail) + Named Selections/Components
    • Direct (accessing Traditional ANSYS within WB Environment)
    • APDL Command Snippets (Part, Contact, Solution, & Postprocessing Levels)

ANSYS DesignModeler - 1 Day:

  • DM Philosophy as a CAD preparation tool for analysis
  • DM GUI Interface
  • Planes and Sketches
  • 3D Geometry Operations
  • Geometry Clean-up & Repair
  • CAD Connections and Parameterization