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Introduction to Ansys Aqwa

Course Overview

The course will cover the general use of features within the Aqwa software, through both the Workbench interface and direct use of the solver. A mixture of lectures and workshops will provide instruction on model set-up, diffraction analysis, static and dynamic motions analyses for a series of typical marine and offshore configurations.



  • No previous knowledge of Ansys Aqwa is required.
  • Some knowledge of naval architecture or offshore engineering is desirable.

Target Audience:

Engineers and Designers dealing with structures submitted to hydrodynamics loads.

Teaching Method:

Lectures and computer practical sessions to validate acquired knowledge.

Learning Path


Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Setup an Aqwa workflow inside Ansys Workbench
  • Setup the environment in Aqwa: waves, current,phase, wind definition
  • Understand the hydrodynamics response basics
  • Define articulations and fenders
  • Define multi bodies interaction
  • Understand the load mapping workflow

 Available Dates

Currently, no training dates available

Learning Options

Training materials for this course are available with a Ansys Learning Hub Subscription. If there is no active public schedule available, private training can be arranged. Please contact us.


This is a 2 day classroom course covering both lectures and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered over 5 x 2 hour sessions, lectures only.

Virtual session 1/Live Classroom Day 1

  • Module 01: Introduction
  • Module 02: Aqwa Basics, Hydrodynamics diffraction
  • Workshop 02.1: Ship Hydrodynamics Diffraction

Virtual session 2/Live Classroom Day 1

  • Module 03: Aqwa Basics, Hydrodynamics Response
  • Workshop 03.1: Ship Hydrodynamic Response
  • Module 04: Aqwa Articulations
  • Workshop 04.1: Aqwa articulation - FPSO and Turret

Virtual session 3/Live Classroom Day 2

  • Module 05: Aqwa Fixed structures and multi-body interaction
  • Workshop 05.1: Ship and Pier Hydrodynamic interaction

Virtual session 4/Live Classroom Day 2

  • Module 06: Aqwa slender body modelling and drag linearization
  • Workshop 06.1: Truss spar including drap linearization

Virtual session 5/Live Classroom Day 2

  • Module 07: Aqwa / Mechanical load mapping
  • Workshop 07.1: Load mapping to Ansys Mechanical for a truss spar
  • Module 08: Appendix