Getting Started Guide - CFD Simulation Using ANSYS CFX

Welcome “CFD Simulation using ANSYS CFX”. As you have just begun this course, here is a short document which will guide you on how to proceed with this course. This course could be typically finished in 4 weeks. Below is a week by week planner which will help you to get the best out of this course !! 

If you have any queries during any of the lecture, feel free to contact me on You can also schedule a live WebEx/Skype sessions with me to resolve your queries. A link is given at Download attachments section at the start of this article to download this getting started guide.

This is the overall plan designed based on my experience with previous students. The timelines are rough estimation about how much time is necessary for this course. This does not mean that you should complete your course in given timeline only. The idea is to get correct knowledge of the subject. So do not hesitate to modify this plan and extend the timeline if necessary. It is also assumed that you are not going to have any long break in-between the course. I also suggest you not to do this as you may need to repeat few lessons in that case.

Week 1

Following are the tasks you can try to achieve in the first week. The main objective is to get familiar with our Learning Management System (LMS) and to get and overview of what CFD is?

  • Get yourself familiar with LearnCAx LMS 
  • Read the course guide 
  • Watch & Understand the ‘Introduction to CFD’ lecture videos 
  • Solve the Unit Test -1 
  • Solve the Unit Test -2

Week 2

The objective of second week of learning is to complete CFD foundation module. After completing this module you would have good understanding of CFD and three important steps in CFD viz. pre-processing, solution and post-processing.

At the end of week, you can also plan to get introduced to ANSYS CFX solver. The target is to understand the interface and overall workflow. As compared to first week, these are bit heavy target to keep, but I believe that you have already accelerated your learning process.

  • Watch & Understand the ‘CFD equations and numerical solutions’ lecture videos 
  • Watch & Understand the ‘Finite Volume Method’ lecture videos 
  • Watch & Understand ‘CFD Analysis – The software perspective’ lecture videos 
  • Watch & Understand ‘CFD Workflow Demonstration’ using ANSYS CFX lecture videos
  • Watch & Understand ‘Domain Conditions in ANSYS CFX’ lecture videos
  • Watch & Understand ANSYS CFX Interface settings lecture videos

Week 3

You can plan to finish ANSYS CFX solver learning in this week. This includes details about solver settings and how to do solver setup for a problem. You can also get hands around available post-processing options. The objective is just to know the available post-processing options. You need to some practice and work on few projects to use them effectively.

I will share a course project definition at the start of this week with you. You can spend some time to understand the project details and start the project execution.

  • Watch & Understand CFX solver settings lecture videos
  • Watch & Understand CFD Post Processing lecture videos
  • Watch & Understand CFX solver setup lecture videos
  • Start the course project which will be sent to you by email at the start of Week 3.

Week 4

Most of the required basic learning is finished by end of Week 3. The knowledge you have till know would be sufficient to work on the project. This week you can plan to get introduced to some advance topics in ANSYS CFX.

You should also work on the allocated projects and submit the report to me.

  • Watch & Understand ‘ANSYS CFX expression language’ lecture videos
  • Watch & Understand  ‘ANSYS  CFX command language’ lecture videos
  • Watch & Understand ‘Transient Simulations in ANSYS CFX’ lecture videos
  • Submit through email a short report (word document or presentation or PDF) on the course project by end of this week.


Course Closure

By the end of four weeks, you should submit the report course project. I will review the report and if needed you may need to work for some more time to do the required modification.

After completion of the review process, your course coordinator will send you the course certificate and hard copy of lecture notes. You can use these lecture notes for any further studies.