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Introduction to 
Hydrodynamic Analysis with Ansys Aqwa

Course Overview

The course will cover the general use of features within the Aqwa software, through the Workbench interface. A mixture of lectures and workshops will provide instruction on model set-up, diffraction analysis, static and dynamic motions analyses for a series of typical marine and offshore configurations.


  • No previous knowledge of Ansys Aqwa is required.
  • Some knowledge of naval architecture or offshore engineering is desirable.

Teaching Method

Lectures and computer practical sessions to validate acquired knowledge.

Learning Outcome

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

  • Setup an Aqwa workflow inside Ansys Workbench.
  • Setup the environment in Aqwa: waves, current, wind definition. 
  • Understand the hydrodynamic response basics.
  • Perform analyses including the effects of forward speed.
  • Define cables, articulations and fenders.
  • Analyse multi-bodies with hydrodynamic interaction.
  • Understand the load mapping workflow.

 Available Dates

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 lectures and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered over 5 x 2 hour sessions, lectures only.

Virtual Classroom Session 1 

  • Module 01: Introduction and Program Capabilities 
  • Module 02: Hydrodynamic Analysis in Ansys Workbench 

Virtual Classroom Session 2 

  • Module 03: Aqwa Basics: Conventions and Theory 
  • Module 04: Aqwa Basics: Hydrodynamic Diffraction 

Virtual Classroom Session 3 

  • Module 05: Aqwa Basics: Hydrodynamic Response 
  • Module 06: Aqwa Cables, Joints, Fenders and Tethers 

Virtual Classroom Session 4 

  • Module 07: Fixed Structures and Multi-Body Interaction 
  • Module 08: Slender Bodies, Drag Linearization and Nonlinear Drag 

Virtual Classroom Session 5 

  • Module 09: Hydrodynamic Load Mapping from Aqwa to Mechanical 
  • Demonstration: Advanced Usage – Scripting and User-Defined Forces