Finite Element Method using ANSYS

Finite Element Method using ANSYS

Instructor: Mahdi Farahikia
Date: Rescheduled to Fall 2020, date to be decided
Delivery: 7 weeks online, pre-recorded lectures
Certificate and Digital Badge: A Certificate and a FEM using ANSYS Practitioner Digital Badge will be issued to students who pass the exam.
Stackable Credential (see below for discounts): Combine this course with the  "Intro to FEM" course and you will receive a FEM + FEM using ANSYS Professional Badge.
Who can take this course: This course is intended for all engineers, professionals and students.

1st offering: January 6 - February 23, 2020 (PD2003): REGISTER HERE

2nd offering: May 18 - July 5, 2020 (PD2004): REGISTER HERE


This is a 7-week online course with a final take home exam given in week 6. This course will cover fundamentals of using ANSYS APDL for engineering simulations. "Why", "what" and "how" are the questions that will be answered for each necessary step during engineering analysis. Proper modeling and meshing techniques, and extraction and interpretation of the results (derived from simulations) will be taught. Course Certificates and Digital Badges* will be issued to passing students.


The course is intended to provide students with the necessary fundamental knowledge about applications of ANSYS APDL for engineering analysis. After completing the course successfully, the students should be able to:

1. Understand the reason behind every step in implementing ANSYS APDL for engineering analysis and find solutions to new challenges by using the help documentation efficiently.

2. Demonstrate capability to model and analyze engineering problems using ANSYS APDL.

3. Extract, interpret and present results professionally.

Topics covered in the course are:
• Element type selection
• Material definition
• Modeling and meshing
• Boundary condition and load definition
• Analysis type and solution
• Post-processing


Week One: Introduction to ANSYS APDL
Week Two: Fundamentals and stages in ANSYS APDL analysis with basic examples
Week Three: Modelling, Meshing, Applying loads and boundary conditions
Week Four: Setting solution features, Post-processing
Week Five: Examples covering the topics covered in previous weeks
Week Six: Final Exam Period


• Assignments: 40%
• Final Exam: 60%
• (Bonus) Participation in Discussion: 10%


Mahdi Farahikia

• Ph.D. Candidate Class of 2019, Mechanical Engineering Department
• Adjunct Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Department
• President, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Organization


$250 Standard Rate (Industry)
$200 Binghamton University faculty/staff/alumni
$100 Binghamton University Students

Discounted course fee if stacking courses - If you take both the "Intro to FEM" and the "FEM using ANSYS" (either at the same time or in sequence) you will get a $50 discount on the "FEM using ANSYS" course. To receive the discount you must have completed or be registered for the "Intro to FEM" course (will be verified):

$200 Standard Rate (Industry)
$150 Binghamton University faculty/staff/alumni
$50 Binghamton University Students


Confirmation and course information will be emailed to registrants. Include your email address on your registration form. If you have not received confirmation seven days before the start of the program or have a question about the registration process call the Office of Industrial Outreach at (607) 777-6241.


Credit Card/PayPal: The payment information is included in the registration form. We accept payment via PayPal as well as VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards. Your purchase will appear on your credit card statement with the following notation: *PAYPAL RFBU WATSON. Payments must be made before the start of the program.

Astrid Stromhaug
Binghamton University
Watson Industrial Outreach
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

For questions, contact the Office of Industrial Outreach
Phone: (607) 777-6241


All cancellations must be received in writing by course start to receive a refund.

Cancellations of confirmed registrations are subject to a $20 administrative fee. No refunds for cancellations or non-attendance will be given after the start of the course.

Substitutions may be made any time before the beginning of the course by informing the Office of Industrial Outreach.

If the course is canceled, enrollees will be advised and receive a full refund.