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Ansys Mechanical 
Commands Objects

Course Overview

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

The course 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. 


Teaching Method

Lectures and computer practical sessions to validate acquired knowledge.

Learning Outcome

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

  • understand the relationships among the Workbench environment, Mechanical models, and the corresponding definition of those models in Mechanical APDL (MAPDL) solver terms.
  • use Ansys Parametric Design Language (APDL)command language inside Ansys Mechanical, gaining access to advanced features.
  • learn how to use the MAPDL graphical user 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

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

Virtual Classroom Session 1

  • Module 01: Mechanical Solve Process
  • Module 02: Mechanical APDL Introduction
  • Workshop 02.1: Mechanical APDL Introduction
  • Workshop 02.2: Selection Logic
  • Module 03: Element Attributes
  • Workshop 03.1: Duct
  • Workshop 03.2: APDL Script

Virtual Classroom Session 2

  • Module 04: Postprocessing in MAPDL
  • Workshop 04.1: Spot Weld Forces
  • Module 05: APDL Commands
  • Workshop 05.1: Spot Weld Parameters
  • Workshop 05.2: Array Parameters

Virtual Classroom Session 3

  • Module 06: Using APDL in Mechanical – Part 1
  • Workshop 6.1: Reinforcement Elements
  • Module 7: Using APDL in Mechanical – Part 2
  • Workshop 7.1: Spot Weld Forces in Mechanical
  • 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.