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Ansys Mechanical Heat Transfer (Self-paced Learning Available)

Course Overview

Is thermal management critical to your design? Are you concerned with the effects of heat on structures?  This is the place to start. This course will help you develop the skills necessary to predict the thermal response of structures to various heat loads. You’ll learn complete solution procedures for conduction, natural convection, and radiation heat transfer under both steady-state and time-varying conditions. Lastly, you’ll explore several methods of performing thermal stress analysis.


  • Completion of the Ansys Mechanical Getting Started course is required. 
  • A technical education and background in Finite Element analysis are recommended but an engineering degree is not required.

Teaching Method

Lectures and computer workshops to give students the knowledge and confidence they’ll need to apply what they’ve learned to their own designs.

Learning Outcome

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

  • Understand and apply the different modes of heat transfer to thermal analysis simulations using Ansys Mechanical.
  • Perform steady state analysis to predict the thermal equilibrium temperatures within a structure.
  • Perform transient analysis to gain in-depth understanding of the temperature fluctuations throughout a representative operating cycle.
  • Accurately simulate the effect of temperature dependent loads and material properties.
  • Model complex interactions among thermal, structural, and/or electrical environments.

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

Virtual Classroom Session 1

  • Module 01: Heat Transfer Fundamentals
  • Workshop 01.1: Conduction
  • Workshop 01.2: Convection
  • Workshop 01.3: Thermal Bar
  • Module 02: Preprocessing and Results
  • Workshop 02.1: Heating Coil
  • Workshop 02.2: Thermal Contact
  • Module 03: Boundary Conditions
  • Workshop 03.1: Solenoid
  • Module 04: Steady State Heat Transfer
  • Workshop 04.1: Radiating System

Virtual Classroom Session 2

  • Module 05: Nonlinear Thermal Analysis
  • Workshop 05.1: Fin Tube
  • Module 06: Transient Thermal Analysis
  • Workshop 06.1: Soldering Iron
  • Workshop 06.2: Phase Change

Virtual Classroom Session 3

  • Module 07: APDL and Commands Objects
  • Workshop 07.1: Cup of Coffee
  • Workshop 07.2: Surface to Surface radiation
  • Module 08: Coupled Analysis
  • Workshop 08.1: External Data
  • Workshop 08.2: Fluid Thermal Element FLUID116
  • Workshop 08.3: Coupled Field Element SOLID226
  • Fundamentals of Heat Transfer
  • Thermal Pre- and Postprocessing
  • Thermal Boundary Conditions
  • Steady-State Thermal Analysis
  • Nonlinear Thermal Analysis
  • Transient Thermal Analysis
  • APDL Commands
  • Coupled Thermal-Structural Solutions