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Ansys HFSS Getting Started (Self-paced Learning Available)

Course Overview

The HFSS Getting Started course introduces the Ansys Electronic Desktop and familiarizes brand new HFSS users with the graphical user interface (GUI) and all of the steps in the HFSS workflow: geometry construction, boundaries and simulation space, wave and lumped ports, solution setup, frequency sweep, and post processing.  The course is hands-on, with about 60% of the time dedicated to simulation workshops and 40% dedicated to learning content and question and answer. The HFSS Getting Started course also introduces high performance computing and parameterized sweeps and optimization in the HFSS Optimetrics package. The focus of the course is RF and microwave, including filter, microstrip and waveguide structures. Post processing focuses on S-parameter plots and field overlays on geometry.


  • A technical education and/or background in high frequency electromagnetics is recommended but having an engineering degree is not required.
  • Familiarity with transmission lines, waveguides, and scattering parameters (S-parameters)

Teaching Method

Lectures and computer practical sessions to validate acquired knowledge.

Learning Outcome

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

  • Familiarize with the Ansys Electronics Desktop (AEDT) graphical user interface (GUI)
  • Familiarize with the overall workflow for setting up an HFSS project, simulating, and viewing results
  • Familiarize with the HFSS finite element method (FEM) automatic adaptive meshing process
  • Differentiate between lumped ports and wave ports.
  • Differentiate between simulation space and boundaries around simulation space.
  • Construct simple geometry models in the AEDT 3D Modeler.
  • Set up simulate, and plot a basic parameter sweep.

 Available Dates

Learning Options

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

Self-paced Learning 

Complete a class on your own schedule at your own pace. Scope is equivalent to Instructor led classes. Includes video lecture, workshops and input files. All our Self-Paced video courses are only available with an Ansys Learning Hub subscription.



This is a 1 day classroom course covering both tutorials and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered over 3 x 2 hour sessions, combining lectures, some workshop demonstrations, and question and answer discussions.

Day 1

  • Introduction to Ansys and the Ansys Electronic Desktop (AEDT)
  • Introduction to HFSS FEM (finite element method)
  • Workshop: Coaxially-fed band pass filter
  • Boundaries and Simulation Space
  • Workshop: Patch antenna open region boundary
  • Solution Setup Workshop: SMA-Microstrip stub simulation
  • Post Processing
  • Workshop: Patch antenna S-parameters and fields
  • Parameterized Geometry Construction
  • Workshop: Microstrip bend geometry
  • Lumped and Wave Ports
  • Workshop: Microstrip bend ports
  • HPC (High Performance Computing) and Optimetrics
  • Workshop: Parameter Sweep