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ANSYS Support

What does the software do?

ANSYS is a finite element analysis suite used in a wide variety of engineering applications including static/dynamic structural problems, fluidics and electromagnetics.

Running on the CAEN network - UNIX

Under /usr/caen/bin (which should be in your search path) are wrapper scripts for ADS and HFSS. These scripts set the proper environment variables for you and launch the application. Available applications include:

These wrapper scripts use the version settings you select using the CAEN application swselect. If you haven't selected a version with swselect, the wrapper script will default to the latest stable version installed on the platform.

Running on the CAEN network - Windows

ANSYS is available on CAEN Windows at:

Running on the EECS network

Solaris users: first, determine the install directory of the package you'll be using. Then set the following environment variables in a small set-up file that you source prior to running the application (e.g. create ads_setup, then at a shell prompt run "source ads_setup" to set the environment). Alternatively you could place these lines in your .cshrc, meaning that any new shell will take on these environment variables. You may not want to do this if you're new to unix since debugging a mistake in your .cshrc might be frustrating. Replace instdir with the correct path.

Note: Use these same techniques to set up other tools on the CAEN network that don't have wrapper scripts under /usr/caen/bin.

Windows users: you may borrow the ANSYS cd from Gordy in 4401 EECS for local installs on EECS Windows hosts. There is not an EECS server install for the Windows platform.


set path = (instdir/bin $path)

Then run:

ansys60 -p ansysrf


tansys60 -p ansysrf

at a shell prompt. If running tansys60 on a remote machine, execute the following on the remote machine prior to launching tansys60:

setenv OPENWINHOME /usr/openwin

ANSYS - Windows

After installation, make sure ANSYS60_DIR environment variable is pointing to the Ansys60 folder.

On-line Manuals

Complete on-line documentation is available via the Help menu from xansys or tansys60.

Installed Versions/Platforms

Helpful Links

Last Updated: 9/30/2004.