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ANSYS Campus Software for UCI Engineering (Students, Faculty, Researchers)

ANSYS software donation announcement:

As of 2014, ANSYS, Inc has graciously donated their Campus Program software to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering in order to foster research and stimulate student learning. 


Special thank you to Ansys, Inc. and Professor Franco De Flaviis for coordinating this gift.

About ANSYS Campus Software Program:

  • The ANSYS Campus Software Program at UCI School of Engineering includes the following:
    • Solvers are all included. The license set includes 50 Research (Mech/CFD), 25 Research (Electromagnetics) and 250 Teaching of each, 75 Composites, and 128 HPC's: 

o Fluid Dynamics:  ANSYS MultiphysicsANSYS MechanicalANSYS CFXANSYS Fluent and ANSYS Autodyn solvers

o Composites: ANSYS Composite PrepPost

o High Frequency: ANSYS HFSSANSYS Q3D ExtractorDesigner, and ANSYS SIwave technologies.

o Low Frequency:  ANSYS MaxwellANSYS Simplorer AdvancedANSYS RMxprt.

o Integrated Circuits: ANSYS RedHawk, ANSYS PowerArtist

o High Performance Computing: Structural/Fluids HPCElectonics HPC 

NOTE: By default, research licenses are issued. After research licenses are used up, licenses are issued at the Teaching level with node restrictions.

Instructional use of Ansys

Professor Said Elghobashi, Ph.D., D.Sc., teaches Ansys CFD in MAE 132, Computational Fluid Dynamics and it's used in MAE 199 project courses using the Ansys Academic Teaching CFD license agreement. Some of Professor Elghobashi's recent work includes researching particle-laden turbulent flows.

ANSYS software FAQ:

1) How do I obtain the software?
  • Download from UCI Google Apps (scroll down to "Download Instructions" for link)

2) Is this research-level software offered without any node-restrictions?

  • Yes, but it depends upon the number of concurrent users. We are limited to 50 Research Mech/CFD licenses and 25 Research Electromagnetics licenses.
    By default, research licenses are issued without any node-restrictions. After all research licenses have been checked-out, instructional licenses are issued with node limits.

3) What is the difference between the research version and instructional version?

Both versions use the same installer package.  The license server determines which packages are available to the end-user. By default, the license server will issue research (non-restricted) licenses. Instructional licenses are issued with node-restrictions after all of our research licenses have been checked out.

4) What are the node restrictions for Instructional-use licenses?
  • In case all research licenses have been used up, you'll be issued an instructional license with the following node limits:
        Numerical Problem Size Limits (for Instructional-licenses only):
    • Implicit Structural, thermal:
      • 32,000 nodes/elements
      • Explicit Dynamics: 32,000 nodes
      • Low Frequency Electromagnetics:
      • 64,000 nodes/elements
      • Fluid Dynamics: 512,000 nodes/cells

5) How do I use the ANSYS Campus software from off-campus?
  • You need to connect to the UCI network using the campus VPN service.

6) What is the license server?

7) Who may install the software?
  • Faculty, Researchers, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students.

8) Where can I install the software?
  • You may install the software on personally-owned and University-owned computers.

9) Is the student version still available?
  • Yes, the student version is still available to students. 
  • The student version is obtained directly from ANSYS after students complete a registration process.
  • There is a minimal cost of around $20.00. 
  • This version does not use the campus license server and it is a year-long lease issued directly from ANSYS.
  • It has node restrictions.
  • Students may consider this option if they do not want to use the license server at HSSOE.

7) I keep getting node restrictions on the research version.
  • Contact Lisa Preble, 4-3965, 
  • So far we have no reports of research license shortages.
  • Keep me posted if you experience problems.

8) I receive an error "
Failed to check out license 'hfsshpc_pack'.  License server does not support this license SR Description."
  • Please know we are licensed for HFSS HPC Pack. 
  • There is a setting you need to configure on your local installation.
  • Select Tools > Options > HPC and Analysis Options. In the HPC and Analysis Options window click the Options tab. Under HPC Licensing the default is Pack. Change Pack to Pool.

9) My HPC installation is not multi-core.  It's supposed to use all my processor cores.
  • Configure licensing from "Pack" to Pool.
  • Select Tools > Options > HPC and Analysis Options. In the HPC and Analysis Options window click the Options tab. Under HPC Licensing the default is Pack. Change Pack to Pool.

Download instructions:

1)  Download ISO images for ANSYS Multiphysics software (including Fluent). 
    You need to be logged into your UCI Google Apps account.

ANSYS v18.1:
ANSYS v18.1 - Windows - 64-bit
    -Link to Download - (Two .iso files)
 Electromagnetics Suite
  - Download  (one .iso file)

ANSYS v18.1 - Linux
    - Download (Three .iso files)
Electromagnetics Suite
  - Download (one .iso file)

Versions  (OLDER):
ANSYS v17.1 - Windows - 64-bit (download both .iso files)
    -Link to Download -  Two .iso files
 Electromagnetics Suite is included in the above download location.

ANSYS v17.1 - Linux
    -Link to Download  (one .iso file)


2)  License server
  • Click HERE for license server information.
  • You will need to input the license server during installation.

3)  About using your UCI Google Apps Account:
  • You must use your UCI Google Apps account to download the ISO and License server documentation.
      • NOTE: We will ignore all "Request Access" messages
    1. UCI Google Apps

      NOTE:  If you see the "You Need Permission" message it means you are NOT logged in with your UCI Google Apps account.
              More UCI Google Apps information:

    Installation Instructions:

    **IMPORTANT:  You must be connected to UCI Campus Network in order to install ANSYS.  If you are using Wi-Fi, then you need to use UCI's VPN service because OIT blocks many network ports.

    1)  Mount the ISO labeled ANSYS_17.1_WINX64_DISK1.

    Choose one of the following options for mounting an .iso file:

    2)  Double click the setup.exe after mounting the ISO`

    3)  Click Install ANSYS Products from the menu that pops up

    4)  Click I AGREE and then Click NEXT >>

    5) Select Install Directory or leave it as the default. Do not change the checked & unchecked boxes. Click Next >>

    6)  DO NOT CHECK SKIP THIS STEP AND CONFIGURE LATER Leave the ANSYS Licensing Interconnect port number and ANSYS FlextNet port number as the defaults
    Under Hostname 1: enter the license server name retrieved from the license server link and then click Next >>

    If you receive an error message, please note the following:
    **IMPORTANT:  You must be connected to UCI Campus Network in order to install ANSYS. 
    If you are using campus Wi-Fi, then you need to use UCI's VPN service because OIT blocks many network ports.

    If you continue to experience error messages, look at your Windows Firewall, Advanced Settings, Inbound Rules. Scroll through and look for any ANSYS software that might be blocked.

    7) The software should select the products to be installed based on the license server so click Next >>

    NOTE:  If you select additional products, please know they may not run because we are not licensed for them.
    Contact Lisa Preble,  if you require use of a package we are not licensed for.

    8) You will reach the following install screen. It will install until it requires the second iso and the enter path to the next media window pops up. Mount the second ISO named ANSYS_17.1_WINX64_DISK2 and click browse and find your mounted iso.

    9) Click exit and your ANSYS software should now be ready to be used.

    Access to ANSYS online tutorials

    If you need access to the ANSYS online tutorials, sign up for a Customer Account or Student Portal Account.

    Here is our UCI ANSYS ACCOUNT information required to setup an account.

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