Introduction to ANSYS Mechanical (Workbench)


B.S. in engineering or engineering experience.


The ANSYS Workbench environment is an intuitive up-front finite element analysis tool that is used in conjunction with CAD systems and/or DesignModeler. ANSYS Workbench is a software environment for performing structural, thermal, and electromagnetic analyses. The class focuses on geometry creation and optimization, attaching existing geometry, setting up the finite element model, solving, and reviewing results. The class will describe how to use the code as well as basic finite element simulation concepts and results interpretation.

Topics Include:

  • Workbench GUI
  • DesignModeler
  • Overview of FEA
  • Engineering Data
  • Meshing
  • Parametric Modeling
  • Advanced Loads and Boundary Conditions
  • Assemblies
  • Multiple Load Steps
  • Coordinate Systems
  • Postprocessing
  • Intro to Thermal Analysis
  • Modal Analysis


Learning Objectives

  • Successful completion of the course will provide students with the ability prepare and optimize their geometry for analysis and to use Simulation to perform static structural finite element analyses, as well as provide a brief introduction to thermal and modal analyses.
  • Students will learn when it is appropriate to simplify, or defeature CAD geometry, and how best to accomplish it.
  • Students will learn how to create parametric models in which geometric dimensions can be readily changed.
  • Students will learn how to use the ANSYS Workbench GUI, how to interface with CAD geometry, how to mesh the geometry, how to apply loads and boundary conditions, how to solve the analysis, and how to post-process the results.
  • Students will learn the basics of finite element theory and gain insight on how to create and analyze models that produce accurate results

Immediate Benefits

  • The student will be able to effectively and efficiently create, modify and/or import geometry for real-world finite element applications.
  • The student will be able to create and analyze detailed, real-world finite element static structural models using the ANSYS Workbench software upon completion of the class.
  • The student will gain practical knowledge in performing finite element analysis and understanding the key factors in creating quality meshes, applying loading and boundary conditions that mimic real-world applications, and interpreting results.

General Information

Seminars begin promptly at 9 a.m. and finish at approximately 5 p.m. each day. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. The seminar fee includes: course manuals & instruction. Coffee & donuts in the morning & lunch are provided for each student.  Students must make their own travel arrangements. CAE Associates recommends against purchasing non-refundable airline tickets. Please see our course cancellation policy for more details.