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Introduction to Ansys Mechanical APDL

Course Overview

The Ansys finite element solvers enable a breadth and depth of capabilities unmatched by anyone in the world of computer-aided simulation. Thermal, Structural, Acoustic, Piezoelectric, Electrostatic and Circuit Coupled Electromagnetics are just a few examples of what can be simulated. Regardless of the type of simulation, each model is represented by a powerful scripting language … the Ansys Parametric Design Language (APDL). APDL is the foundation for all sophisticated features, many of which are not exposed in the Workbench Mechanical user interface. It also offers many conveniences such as parameterization, macros, branching and looping, and complex math operations. All these benefits are accessible within the Ansys Mechanical APDL user interface.

This course introduces new users, or experienced Ansys Mechanical users, to the Ansys Mechanical APDL user interface. The Mechanical APDL workflow, graphical user interface, and APDL command syntax will be introduced. With this foundation in place, users can apply this knowledge to efficiently set up, solve, and postprocess virtually any type of analysis.

Please note that for those wishing to learn the Workbench version of Ansys Mechanical, the “Ansys Mechanical Getting Started” training course is recommended.


  • A technical education and a background in the fundamentals of finite element analysis are recommended.
  • An engineering degree is not required.
  • Some users will appreciate having working knowledge of Ansys Mechanical in the Workbench environment, although this is not required.

Target Audience

Mechanical Engineers, including Automotive Engineers, Materials Engineers, Aerospace Engineers, Industrial Engineers, Structural Engineers, and many other subdisciplines.

Teaching Method

Lectures and hands-on workshops to give you the knowledge and confidence you will need to apply what you have learned to your own designs.

Learning Path

Ansys Mechanical APDL learning path

Learning Outcome

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

  • Comfortably navigate the Mechanical APDL user interface and apply a proven workflow for creating, solving, and postprocessing 2-D and 3-D finite element models.
  • Import and/or create geometry as needed for the creation of a simulation model.
  • Use Selection Logic to efficiently operate on sub-regions of a model for meshing, loading, and postprocessing.
  • Understand the concept of element attributes and apply it to building effective, efficient meshes using beam, shell, and solid elements.
  • Build complex interactions among model regions through contact, coupling, constraint equations, and bolt/gasket interfaces.
  • Implement coupled-field solutions using 1-D fluid flow elements and 2-D and 3-D solid elements.






 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 3-day classroom course covering both lectures and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered over 5 x 2-hour sessions, lectures only.

Virtual Classroom Session 1 / Live Classroom Day 1

  • Module 01: Familiarization Demo (with student participation)
  • Module 02: MAPDL Element Types and Simplified FEA Theory
  • Module 03: APDL Command Syntax
  • Module 04: Geometry Creation and Import
  • Workshop 3.1: APDL Input File
  • Workshop 4.1: Geometry Creation in PREP7
  • Workshop 4.2: Importing Geometry Into MAPDL

Virtual Classroom Session 2 / Live Classroom Days 1 and 2

  • Module 05: Select Logic and Components
  • Module 06: Coordinate Systems
  • Module 07: Element Attributes
  • Module 08: Meshing
  • Module 09: Boundary Conditions and Loads
  • Workshop 5.1: Select Logic
  • Workshop 6.1: Coordinate Systems
  • Workshop 7.1: Element Attributes
  • Workshop 8.1: Meshing
  • Workshop 9.1: Boundary Conditions and Loads

Virtual Classroom Session 3 / Live Classroom Day 2

  • Module 10: Solvers
  • Module 11: Postprocessing (with student participation)
  • Module 12: Modal and Mode Superposition Harmonic Analyses
  • Module 13: Nodal Coupling and Constrain Equations
  • Workshop 12.1: Modal Analysis
  • Workshop 12.2: MSUP Harmonic Analysis
  • Workshop 13.1: Periodic Boundary Conditions
  • Workshop 13.2: Moment Connection

Virtual Classroom Session 4 / Live Classroom Days 2 and 3

  • Module 14: Using Parameters
  • Module 15: 2D Analysis
  • Module 16: Shell and Beam Elements
  • Module 17: Contact
  • Workshop 14.1: MPC184 Remote Point
  • Workshop 14.2: Writing Results to a Text File
  • Workshop 14.3: Tabular Loading with TREAD
  • Workshop 15.1: Hanging Bracket
  • Workshop 16.1: Beams and Shells
  • Workshop 17.1: Bonded Contact
  • Workshop 17.2: Snap Insertion with Standard Contact
  • Workshop 17.3: CERIG and MPC Contact

Virtual Classroom Session 5 / Live Classroom Day 3

  • Module 18: Pretension
  • Module 19: Surface Effect and Fluid116 (1D Fluid Flow Elements)
  • Module 20: Introduction to Coupled Field Analysis
  • Module 21: Introduction to Using Command Objects in Workbench Mechanical
  • Workshop 18.1: Bolt Preload
  • Workshop 19.1: Pin Load in a Hole Using Surf154
  • Workshop 19.2: Cooling Plate Forced Convection with Surf152 and Fluid116
  • Workshop 20.1: Thermo-Mechanical Coupling Using Physics Environments
  • Workshop 20.2: Thermo-Mechanical Coupling Using Coupled Field Elements
  • Workshop 21.1: Pulsed Thermoelectric Heater with Circuit Coupling