1. Program overview

 FEM analysis of a pressure vessel

Title: Introduction to FEM analysis with ANSYS Mechanical APDL – online course. Director: Professor Juan José Benito Muñoz.

Department: Construction & Manufacturing Engineering (UNED University).

Software: ANSYS MECHANICAL APDL (free license is included).


  1. Eligibility & requirements


A degree is required, although university students in the last year of their course may be admitted with proof of their academic status.




  1. Presentation and objectives


The objective of this course is to introduce attendees to the use of Finite Element analysis software, allowing them to acquire the basic skills to enable them to work with this type of analysis in their professional practice.


This course originated as a collaboration project between UNED and Ingeciber, S.A., a company specializing in Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE).


  1. Content


The course consists of three subjects:

  1. Introduction to the use of the application software I.
  2. Introduction to the use of the application software II.
  3. Practical Application Exercises with ANSYS APDL


The content of each subject is detailed below.


-      1st Subject: Introduction to the use of the application software I.


The introduction to  ANSYS training material and related  workbook exercises (step-by-step solved exercises) are provided. The list of chapters and exercises is shown below:


  1. Introduction.
    • No workshop.
  2. FEA and ANSYS
  • Introductory Workshop
  1. Getting Started
    • Getting Started Workshop
  2. ANSYS Basics
    • Basic Workshop
  3. General Analysis Procedure
    • No workshop
  4. Creating the Solid Model
    • IGES
    • SAT
    • SAT Assembly
    • Parasolid
    • Parasolid Assembly
  5. Creating the Finite Element Model
    • Silo
    • Pillow Block
    • Connecting Rod
    • Cotter Pin
    • Impeller Extrusion
    • Wheel
  6. Defining the Material
    • User Input Material
    • Material Library Input
  7. Loading
    • No workshop
  8. Solution
    • 3-D Bracket
    • Connecting Rod
    • Wheel
  9. Structural Analysis
    • Lathe Cutter
    • 2-D Corner Bracket Tutorial
  10. Thermal Analysis
    • Axisymmetric Pipe with Fins
  11. Post-processing
    • Connecting Rod
    • Spherical Shell
    • Axisymmetric Fin with Multiple Load Steps
    • Results Viewer
    • Report Generator
  12. Short Topics
    • *ABBR - Plate with Hole at Center
    • 2-D Bracket using Parameters
  13. Appendix A – Creating the Solid Model
    • Pillow Block
    • Connecting Rod - Bottom-Up
    • Connecting Rod - Import/Clean-up
  14. Appendix B



-      2nd Subject: Introduction to the use of the application software II.


The introduction to  ANSYS training material and related  workbook exercises (step-by-step solved exercises) are provided. The list of chapters and exercises is shown below:


  1. Introduction
    • Welcome
  2. Array Parameters
    • Axisymmetric Wheel
  3. Coupling & Constraint Equations
    • Impeller Blade (Coupling)
    • Turbine Blade (Constraint Equations)
    • Swaybar (Rigid Regions)
  4. Working with Elements
    • Bolt Torque (Surface Effect Elements)
  5. Beam Modeling
    • Building Frame
  6. Coupled Field
    • Thermal pipe
  7. Sub-modeling
    • Crank Shaft
  8. Modal Analysis
    • U-Bracket
  9. Introduction to Nonlinear Analysis
    • Arched Beam
  10. Bonded Contact
    • Swaybar
  11. Macro Basics
    • Verifying Pressures
  12. Appendix A


-      3rd Subject: Practical Application Exercises with ANSYS.


The exercises represent a review of the concepts introduced in the subjects taken until now, as well as the orderly use of the ANSYS APDL.


These exercises will be delivered to the tutor in order to get feed back and recommendations. The exercises will be similar to the following ones:

  • Advanced analysis of a warehouse with temperature jump


  • 3D Truss Bridge structural analysis


  • Offshore platform design for different structural loads. Structural optimization


  • Structural analysis and validation of a Space Satellite.


  • Structural analysis of a steam condenser


  • Pre-stress bolt design of a union.



  1. Schedule


50 hours of study.   The course lasts from 1 to 6 weeks with full flexibility since no specific delivery date is indicated.


  1. Methodology


Distance  learning  methodology,  including  pre-prepared  study  materials  and  bibliography, tutorials, audiovisual resources and practical application exercises.


  1. Teaching materials

Attendees will receive the teaching guide and the corresponding material for the course. Furthermore,  in  order  to  complete  the  practical  application  exercises  and  training,  the

educational version of ANSYS will be provided by the course.


The course uses a virtual classroom as a training facility where study tools can be found, and also as the main communication channel with the attendees.


Other tools will also be used including audiovisual resources as well as other complementary documentation.


The teaching material for this subject consists of:


  • Training materials are the original ANSYS basic texts for an introductory course of ANSYS APDL.
  • Additional training material for the course developed by ICAEEC.
  • Software: ANSYS Mechanical APDL.


  1. Attendee services


The teaching staff will respond to attendee inquiries via telephone, email, or in person. Phone

tutorship’s will be available within the following hours:


Monday to Friday during office hours and always subject to tutor’s availability.


  1. Evaluation and grading criteria


Attendee evaluation will be performed through the Practical Application Exercises.


  1. Certification


Certification will consist of a diploma from ICAEEC & Ingeciber indicating successful completion of the subject by the attendee as well as the grade obtained in the practical application exercises.


  1. Teaching staff


Professor  Juan  José  Benito  Muñoz  (Director).  Construction  &  Manufacturing  Engineering

Department (UNED).


Mr. Ronald Siat (Coordinator & Tutor). Ingeciber, S.A.

Mr. Ambrosio Baños (Tutor).


  1. Fees


Tuition fees are €450.


Current and former attendees of the UNED Master’s in Theoretical and Practical Application of

the Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation are eligible for a 33% discount.

Download the course guide in a pdf file


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