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ANSYS is a general-purpose finite-element program for engineering analysis, and includes preprocessing, solution, and postprocessing functions. ANSYS is used in a wide range of disciplines for solutions to mechanical, thermal, and electronic problems. There are versions of ANSYS software for both UNIX-based and Windows operating systems.

SW Documentation: 

To run this software in a Linux environment run the commands:

module load ansys

runwb2

Then open the "License Preferences" menu (under the Tools pull-down) and select "Use Academic Licenses" in the "Global Settings" section under the Solver tab. Then click OK and close the workbench.

If you need to use the ANSYS mechanical or multiphysics solvers, send email to help@msi.umn.edu requesting your account be given access to the fully enabled ANSYS Academic Research license (aa_r).

Itasca

A test version of ANSYS 13 is installed on Itasca. To run the ANSYS workbench

module load ansys

runwb2

Windows Application Server

To run this software under Windows, connect using instruction provided in our Windows systems page.  Once logged in, navigate to  

Start --> All Programs --> ANSYS$VERSION --> ANSYS Mechanical APDL Product Launcher

The $VERSION is the version number of that Ansys installation.

NX and Lab Systems

Ansys 14 has specific supported window managers, and crashes or freezes in our default window manager. To run Ansys 14 on MSI NX and Lab workstations, you will need to switch your window manager to KDE, and also set a KDE option described below.

To use KDE on our NX server:

  1. Start the NX client and click Configure.

  2. In the "Desktop" box change the drop-down menus to "Unix" and "Custom" then click the "Settings" button.

  3. Select Run the following command and type in /usr/bin/startkde

  4. Click OK, Save, OK

If you come to an MSI lab in person, from the login screen there is a menu at the bottom where you can select KDE as your window manager.

Once you have KDE started, you need to change this setting:

  1. Click the KDE Main Menu in the bottom left corner and go to System Settings.

  2. Under Look&Feel, select Window Behavior

  3. Change the "Focus stealing prevention level" to "None"

  4. Click Apply

Tutorials

ANSYS Tutorials are available at

 ANSYS 12 Tutorials (available on MSI networks only)

These include video tutorials demonstrating the new ANSYS workbench environment, as well as the comprehensive user guides and detailed tutorials in HTML and PDF formats.

Short Name: 
ansys
SW Module: 
ansys
Service Level: 
Primary