Introduction to ANSYS, Commercial Software Package Based on Finite Element Method


Introduction to ANSYS

Finite element method is a numerical technique to solve many complex engineering and physics problems. Several widely-used commercial software packages based on this technique are currently available including ANSYS, which is made freely available to all Illinois Tech faculty and students through a special arrangement with the company, ANSYS Inc.  This software can be used to solve thermal, mechanical, electromagnetic, fluid dynamics, acoustics, and other problems in physics and engineering.

To assist potential users of this program, Prof. Ali Khounsary of the Physics Department and the Office of Technical Services (OTS) have organized an introductory tutorial session for interested individuals who have no prior knowledge of the subject or the program. This will take place 2–5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at IIT Tower 14C7-1, 14th Floor.

In the tutorial, attendees will learn how to start the program on their PC, set up models for representing the geometry of a problem, provide the necessary input, solve sample problems, and visualize the results. Examples selected are simple and easy to follow.  The tutorial is free to the Illinois Tech community, but has limited first-come, first-served seating.

Please RSVP to Mr. Todd Kersh ( and include your name and your major by 4 p.m. on Monday, October 21, 2019 to register. Instructions for program installation will be emailed upon registration.