Ansys Mechanical Advanced Topics

Course Overview

This course is the stepping-stone to understanding Ansys Mechanical at its core and unleashing its full potential.

The course begins with advanced postprocessing functionality native to Mechanical, followed by an in-depth exposure to two important Workbench applications, External Data and External Model, gateways for modelling complex, spatially varying environmental conditions and importing legacy models from Ansys and other FEA software. 

The course also reveals the relationship between the Mechanical user interface and the core Ansys solver.  The content of a Mechanical model, as the solver sees it, is a list of commands. With every new release of Ansys, advancements in element and solver technology become available, as commands, but those capabilities don’t often appear in Mechanical until several releases later.  Once you have the knowledge of how the Ansys command language operates, you can tap into all the capabilities Ansys has to offer.



  • Completion of the Ansys Mechanical Getting Started course is required.

Target Audience:

Mechanical engineers, design engineers, and designers working within any discipline who want to take their knowledge of Ansys Mechanical to the next level.

Teaching Method:

Lectures and computer practical sessions to validate acquired knowledge.

Learning Path


Learning Outcome

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

  • use advanced postprocessing tools in Mechanical that are useful for comparing results directly against design codes, or indirectly through custom-calculated results quantities. 
  • import, assemble, and work with legacy Ansys models and material libraries that were not developed in the Workbench Mechanical interface.
  • have a keen understanding of the relationships among the Workbench environment, Mechanical models, and the corresponding definition of that model in Mechanical APDL (MAPDL) solver terms.
  • use APDL command language inside Ansys Mechanical, gaining access to advanced features.
  • learn how to use the MAPDL interface to verify and postprocess models, gaining access to results quantities that may otherwise be unavailable within Mechanical.
  • gain an understanding of APDL command syntax, as well as APDL scalar and array parameters, enabling the export of results data to any format desirable.

 Available Dates

Date/Time Duration Event Type Location Language Class Cost  
January 25, 2021
16:00 - 18:00   EST (GMT -5)
4 Sessions
Jan 25-28
Virtual Virtual - WebEx English Subscription Only REGISTER
May 18, 2021
10:00 - 12:00   CEST (GMT +2)
4 Sessions
May 18-21
Virtual Virtual - WebEx English Subscription Only REGISTER

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 3-day classroom course covering both tutorials and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered over 4 x 2-hour sessions, lectures only..

  • Path and Surface construction geometry, linearized stress, user-defined results, exporting deformed geometry
  • External Data and External Model component systems, importing legacy models, assembling models including rigid transformations of those models
  • The Mechanical solve process and associated files produced within a Workbench project
  • Introduction to the Ansys Mechanical APDL graphical user interface and file types within MAPDL
  • Understanding Ansys element types, materials, real and section properties, coordinate systems (the building blocks of any finite element model)
  • Postprocessing using Ansys Mechanical APDL
  • APDL solver commands, command logic, and parameters
  • Using APDL commands inside Ansys Mechanical
  • Module 01: Introduction
  • Module 02: Advanced Postprocessing in Mechanical
  • Workshop 02.1: Advanced Postprocessing
  • Module 03: External Data
  • Workshop 03.1: External Data
  • Module 04: Importing Legacy Models and Assembling Models
  • Workshop 04.1: Importing and Assembling Finite Element Models
  • Module 05: Mechanical Solve Process
  • Module 06: Mechanical APDL Introduction
  • Workshop 06.1: Mechanical APDL Introduction
  • Workshop 06.2: Selection Logic
  • Module 07: Element Attributes
  • Workshop 07.1: Duct
  • Workshop 07.2: APDL Script
  • Module 08: Postprocessing in MAPDL
  • Workshop 08.1: Spot Weld Forces
  • Module 09: APDL Commands
  • Workshop 09.1: Spot Weld Parameters
  • Module 09: APDL Commands (Cont’d)
  • Workshop 09.2: Array Parameters
  • Module 10: Using APDL in Mechanical – Part 1
  • Workshop 10.1: Reinforcement Elements
  • Module 11: Using APDL in Mechanical – Part 2
  • Workshop 11.1: Spot Weld Forces in Mechanical