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Introduction to Ansys DesignXplorer (CFD) (Self-paced Learning Available)

Course Overview

Ansys DesignXplorer is a design optimization application that operates under the Ansys Workbench environment and incorporates both traditional and nontraditional optimization through a goal-driven approach. Ansys DesignXplorer software provides instantaneous feedback on all proposed design modifications, which dramatically decreases the number of design iterations and improves the overall design process. The easy-to-use GUI within the Ansys DesignXplorer program is based upon the Workbench technology. The GUI allows users to consider multiple designs so they can more quickly and efficiently create new products within their existing product lines or optimize parts for new operating conditions.

Ansys DesignXplorer software interacts with all Ansys Workbench platform components and offers bi-directional associativity with leading CAD packages such as SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Mechanical Desktop, Inventor, Unigraphics and Pro/ENGINEER so that design Changes can be quickly made to your design database.

Students will learn about Ansys DesignXplorer through lectures and relevant tutorials. After completing the course, attendees will be able to use Ansys DesignXplorer software to study, quantify, and graph various structural, thermal and flow responses on parts and assemblies.


  • A technical education and/or background in design optimization is recommended but having an engineering degree is not required.
  • This course is designed for CFD clients who have little to no experience with Ansys DesignXplorer.

Teaching Method

This is an ILT course based on presentations and workshops.

Learning Outcome

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

  • Know the Ansys DesignXplorer interface
  • How to do a what-if study to see the influence of the input parameters on the outputs
  • Learn how to do a parameter correlation to identify and filter for the most relevant input parameters to reduce unnecessary sampling points
  • Design of experiment to reduce the number of experiments while gathering enough data to understand the relationships and discovering the different DOE types in Ansys DesignXplorer
  • Understand how to get the best response surface which is the best fit thru data that will be used instead of the data
  • Learn the two kinds of optimization proposed in Ansys DesignXplorer, how to set the constraints and objectives and to read the results
  • Do a Six Sigma analysis to measure how robust are the output parameters. If the output is subject to scatter due to the variation of the input variables and which input contributes the most in the scatter of an output.

 Available Dates

Currently, no training dates available

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 course is a 1-day classroom covering both lectures and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered over 2 x 2-hour sessions, lectures only.

  • Module 01: Introduction to DesignXplorer
  • Workshop 1.1: Overview of DesignXplorer
  • Workshop 1.2: What-if Study
  • Module 02: Table of Design Points
  • Module 03: Parameter Correlation
  • Workshop 3.1: Parameter Correlation Analysis on a Beam
  • Workshop 3.2: Parameter Correlation
  • Module 04: Response Surface Optimization
  • Module 05: Details of Design of Experiments
  • Workshop 5.1: Design of Experiments
  • Module 06: Details of Response Surface
  • Workshop 6.1: Sparse Grid Method
  • Module 07: Details of Response Surface Optimization
  • Workshop 7.1: Optimizing Mixing Tank Boundary Conditions
  • Workshop 7.2: Response Surface Optimization (Support Bracket)
  • Workshop 7.3: Response Surface Optimization (Cylindrical Support)
  • Workshop 7.4: CFX Optimization (Airfoil)
  • Module 08: Details of Direct Optimization
  • Workshop 8.1: Direct Optimization
  • Workshop 8.2: Direct Optimization (Steel Sheet Triangle)
  • Module 09: Six-Sigma Analysis
  • Workshop 9.1: Six Sigma Analysis
  • Workshop 9.2: Running Workbench in Batch
  • Module 10: ROM Builder
  • Workshop 10.1: ROM Example for Fluent