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Ansys Fluent

Ansys is a CAE/multiphysics engineering simulation software that utilizes finite element analysis for numerically solving a wide variety of mechanical problems. The software contains a list of packages and can simulate many structural properties such as strength, toughness, elasticity, thermal expansion, fluid dynamics as well as acoustic and electromagnetic attributes.

Link to section 'Ansys Licensing' of 'Ansys Fluent' Ansys Licensing

The Ansys licensing on our community clusters is maintained by Purdue ECN group. There are two types of licenses: teaching and research. For more information, please refer to ECN Ansys licensing page. If you are interested in purchasing your own research license, please send email to

Link to section 'Ansys Workflow' of 'Ansys Fluent' Ansys Workflow

Ansys software consists of several sub-packages such as Workbench and Fluent. Most simulations are performed using the Ansys Workbench console, a GUI interface to manage and edit the simulation workflow. It requires X11 forwarding for remote display so a SSH client software with X11 support or a remote desktop portal is required. Please see Logging In section for more details. To ensure preferred performance, ThinLinc remote desktop connection is highly recommended.

Typically users break down larger structures into small components in geometry with each of them modeled and tested individually. A user may start by defining the dimensions of an object, adding weight, pressure, temperature, and other physical properties.

Ansys Fluent is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation software known for its advanced physics modeling capabilities and accuracy. Fluent offers unparalleled analysis capabilities and provides all the tools needed to design and optimize new equipment and to troubleshoot existing installations.

In the following sections, we provide step-by-step instructions to lead you through the process of using Fluent. We will create a classical elbow pipe model and simulate the fluid dynamics when water flows through the pipe. The project files have been generated and can be downloaded via

Link to section 'Loading Ansys Module' of 'Ansys Fluent' Loading Ansys Module

Different versions of Ansys are installed on the clusters and can be listed with module spider or module avail command in the terminal.

$ module avail ansys/
---------------------- Core Applications -----------------------------
   ansys/2019R3    ansys/2020R1    ansys/2021R2    ansys/2022R1 (D)

Before launching Ansys Workbench, a specific version of Ansys module needs to be loaded. For example, you can module load ansys/2021R2 to use the latest Ansys 2021R2. If no version is specified, the default module -> (D) (ansys/2022R1 in this case) will be loaded. You can also check the loaded modules with module list command.

Link to section 'Launching Ansys Workbench' of 'Ansys Fluent' Launching Ansys Workbench

Open a terminal on Bell, enter rcac-runwb2 to launch Ansys Workbench.

You can also use runwb2 to launch Ansys Workbench. The main difference between runwb2and rcac-runwb2 is that the latter sets the project folder to be in your scratch space. Ansys has an known bug that it might crash when the project folder is set to $HOME on our systems.


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