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Concept design phase simulations
Concept design phase simulations
Structural mechanics
Fluid mechanics
Heat Transfer

Ansys for Students: Product Development with Ansys Discovery

Intuitive, simple, fast: Create 3D designs, test variants, and validate with simulation


eLearning Basic

How can I easily use Ansys to already include structural, temperature and flow simulations for my initial ideas? This training is offered as a self-paced eLearning course, in which you should invest a total of 3 working day(s) with your own time allocation.

3 days


Software used
Ansys Discovery

  • Solve simple to challenging simulation tasks yourself
  • Acquire practice-oriented working methods in Ansys Discovery
  • Quickly recognize physical relationships in the model
  • Learn how companies use simulation to develop better products faster


Learn how you could use simulation technology and 3D design with Ansys Discovery already at the initial idea for a new product. Without much prior knowledge, well-founded statements about mechanical load capacity, temperature and flow behavior are possible. This allows professionals to save valuable development time. Intelligent assistants even help with complex assemblies. The patented software architecture delivers lightning-fast simulation results for CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and FEM (Finite Element Method). Model, analyze, vary, and validate – all within one software environment, with little effort, in record time. Experience how university content from lectures is put into practice. In this training course, we systematically familiarize you with all facets of the application. You will not only learn how to use the software, but we will also teach you many professional tips for practical application, as they are useful in development departments, as well as in sales, marketing, and service.

Detailed agenda for this 3-day training

Day 1

01 Efficient geometry creation and revision

  • Model - Explore - Analyze: From the idea to the validation
  • Fast and systematic: Working with geometry
  • Simultaneous: simulation and geometry modification
  • Workshop: Designing and simulating the first live model with SpaceClaim functions

02 Dealing with complex models

  • Edit geometry in assemblies
  • Use assembly logic
  • Helpful shortcuts for your daily work
  • Workshop: Systematic work on the frame of a truck trailer

03 Introduction to structural mechanics

  • Refreshing the most important points about mechanics
  • Determination of deformations and stresses
  • Develop ideas quickly and calculate the results
  • Understanding natural frequencies
  • Workshop: Interpretation of modal results

04 Understanding stresses and deriving proper actions

  • Which results can be used for what?
  • Check the influence of meshing on the results
  • Evaluating stresses in an assembly
  • Correct interpretation of results
  • Workshop: Evaluate forces in an assembly and derive new designs

Day 2

05 Handling of materials and parameters

  • Using the Material Database
  • Varying properties
  • Keeping an eye on the results of different designs
  • Systematic variation of the component dimensions
  • Workshop Brake Pedal: Using the material library and examining dependent parameters

06 Topology optimization, validation and redesign

  • Use of materials in the right place
  • Understanding topology optimization settings
  • Validate and reuse optimized designs
  • Workshop: Topology optimization of a hydraulic gripper

07 Recognize and consider nonlinear mechanics

  • Typical challenges with nonlinearities
  • Mastering assemblies with non-linear contacts
  • Tricks to make nonlinear life easier
  • Workshop Gripper: Simulating the assembly with frictional contact

08 Investigating the temperature distribution

  • How to model thermal effects
  • Coupling with a structural solution
  • Practical advice on typical questions
  • Workshop: Temperature distribution in a flow sensor

Day 3

09 Introduction to fluid mechanics

  • Understanding how CFD ticks
  • Create the fluid volume elegantly
  • Quickly evaluate and verify the flow
  • Workshop: Setting equal volume flows at the outlets of a distributor

10 Understanding results and deriving proper actions

  • Pressure losses in complex models
  • Static and dynamic pressure
  • Special meshing features for flow simulation
  • Geometry variation and validation
  • Workshop: Pressure losses in a non-return valve

11 Phenomena with external flows

  • Determine and understand resistance coefficients
  • Evaluate quality of results
  • Workshop: Space Shuttle

12 Further in-depth topics

  • Opportunity to discuss other topics as requested
  • Review and recap of selected topics
  • General group discussion

Your Trainers

Marc Vidal
Solution Architect, System & Process Integration, CADFEM Germany GmbH, Grafing

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Do I receive a certificate of completion for the courses?

Have you successfully completed a course, i.e., all units, exercises and quizzes? Then the final test will be unlocked for you. Once you have successfully completed it, you will receive a certificate from us by e-mail. You can use this for your application, share it or include it in your network profiles - just as you please.


How can I access the learning videos and tutorials?

A one-time registration under myAccount is necessary. Then, select your first desired course, put it in the shopping cart and submit the booking. For your first order, you will be asked for a valid certificate of enrollment. For further bookings in the same semester, this will not be necessary anymore. You will receive the access data to the CADFEM learning platform on the same or the following workday.

How long can I use the eLearning courses?

Access to your eLearning course is for one year after booking the course and is directly linked to your university email address. 

How do I get the Ansys license for practice?

For practicing you can use the free Ansys Student software. For some of the exercises you will need a license that includes more nodes. Where do you get it? Almost all universities have Ansys licenses that are also available for students. It is best to ask at the computer center of your university.

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