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.

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

module load ansys


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.


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

module load ansys


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


ANSYS Tutorials are available at: 

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.

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