Ansys v7.0

Date of last revision: 05/03/2004

ANSYS is used for finite element analysis and design. The program is used to find out how a given design works under operating conditions and can be used to calculate a proper design for given ope ration conditions.

ANSYS is a general-purpose program, meaning that you can use it for almost any type of finite element analysis in virtually any industry -- automobiles, aerospace, railways, machinery, electronics, sporting goods, power generation, power transmission, and biomechanics, just to mention a few. "General Purpose" also refers to the fact that the program can be used in all disciplines of engineering -- structural, mechanical, electrical, thermal, fluid, and biomedical. ANSYS is also used as an educational tool in universities and other academic institutions.

Ansys v7.0 help index:


Ansys v7.0 can be used on any 0f the Sun Solaris systems in the Engeineering Design Center.


If you are using Ansys in daily routine, you may want to modify the following files accordingly to save you from doing setup each time you login to a system.

If you do not wish to modify anything, at Xterminal, type following commend each time before starting Ansys.


To run Ansys tools, you may start from 'Launcher' by executing:

This will then pop up a GUI window.

Click the second btton to open the General Configuration. When you are ready to get started click the run button at the bottom.

For more detail on how to run applications included in Ansys v7.0, please click on the help button in the tasks bar as shown by the "?"


In "Interactive" mode (with the windows, etc), you should be able to print by going to the "Hard Copy" option under the "PlotCtrls" menu. From here, you can either spool directly to a POSTSCRIPT file (by default) or to a print command. You will need to modify the print command to print it to a POSTSCRIPT device. See "helpme printing-unix" to get the proper print command.

In non-interactive mode, you'll have to do this (for plotters and postscript printers):

In ansys.e, you have to tell it to display in "Vector Mode". Typically, "/showx11" is the command for this. Instead, use the command "/showx11,,1". To write to a file, type "/show,plot,,1" which will write to a file called "plot" in the current directory. Multiple plots can be written to the same file.

Now you must use the display54 program to convert it into an HPGL file so the plotter will be able to understand it. Type the following series of commands into display.e:


This will create a file called hpgl00.grph in your current directory. Subsequent plot commands (for more than one frame) will result in files called hpglxx.grph where xx is the number of the specified frame minus one.

You can also print your ansys plots to the Postscript printer, although the commands used are somewhat different. To create Postscript plot files, here is the commands you must issue to display54 (assuming you're reading from file "plot" as above):


This will create files of the format pscrxx.grph (where xx is as above). These 'grph' files are suitable for sending to a postscript printer. Because we don't have color laser printers, your plot will come out in a dithered monochrome.

Once you've created your plot files, you can then send them to the printer with the 'lp' command from your unix prompt (see "helpme printing-unix" for more information).