An Online Community for Ansys Users

Where expertise is grown


Welcome to the XANSYS Mailing List, a place for the ANSYS user community to exchange ideas and help each other be more productive. The XANSYS community has existed on several list servers over the years and has grown in size and content as it has moved.

As Ansys has grown from the original single program to dozens of products covering a wide range of physics, this list has remained a safe place for day-to-day users to ask questions, share expertise, and grumble now and then.

XANSYS is like any other community, you get out of it what you put in.



The list is entirely maintained and policed by users, and the majority of users are engineering professionals who use this as a tool in their work. As such, their are some very specific rules and guidelines for how to interact on this list. Before you post or reply please review the rules. Abuses are usually dealt with by prompt removal from the list.


Membership is open to legal users of the ANSYS software products. To join, visit the subscription page.



This documents sets out the way users are expected to behave on XANSYS. It is essential that you read this document before subscribing or posting. Ignorance of the contents of this document will not be an acceptable excuse. 

Who can join XANSYS and post messages

 XANSYS is a closed group and all members are required to subscribe and demonstrate a basic level of competence in using ANSYS. Membership is a privilege, not a right and membership will be rapidly removed from those who do not conform to these guidelines. Membership is not available to users in countries where it is not possible to possess a properly licensed copy of ANSYS. 

When posting to the list (or applying for membership) you must not use an anonymous email address (i.e. yahoo, hotmail, gmail, rediffmail, sohu, 126 etc. addresses are not acceptable). The address must be your currently subscribed address and you must state your full name and company (or university) affiliation. 

Any attempt to purchase, sell, or even inquire about "bootleg", "cracked", illegal versions of the ANSYS program, or other illegal activities, will result in immediate banning. 

Before Posting

Before posting your question to the list consider using these other resources first (Not necessarily in this order) : 

If you do not regularly post to technical forums such as this then you are strongly recommended to read "How To Ask Questions The Smart Way:" 

Also, please take a look at Guy Kawasaki's blog entry on writing an effective e-mail: 

How to post 

The only acceptable language is English. We will make allowance for those whose native tongue is not English but we do expect people to make an effort to post in a standard English style. Posters who do not use punctuation and capitalization can expect to be criticized.

 Please post messages, questions, requests to the mailing list ONLY ( Subscribers should not send unsolicited emails directly to other members, unless mutually agreed upon. 

Select a title for your post with care so that it gives users an indication of your problem. To help people filter through the large number of posts please start your subject line with one of the following KEYWORDS. The text will have to be exact to work. The advantage to you is that specialists in these areas may also filter to give special attention to these topics! 

Do not post the same question repeatedly. If nobody is answering then either nobody knows the answer, you aren't following the requirements of this Netiqutte document or you haven't asked the question in a sensible way. You can not send attachments to the list. 

Short extracts (up to 100 lines) from log files pasted into the body of a message are acceptable. 

If appropriate use "reply" to keep the same subject line. It helps those who can thread incoming messages to group the thread. 

When replying to a post remove excess quoted text to reduce the size of the message; leave just enough to preserve context. 

If a question generates a lot of responses suggesting different methods, the person who posted the original question should provide some feedback indicating which of the methods was most successful and why. 

All posts SHOULD include: 

Information you probably want to include: 

Concluding a post:

It is very helpful to people searching an archive for a poster to conclude a thread by summarizing what suggestions worked and which did not. It is also nice to thank those who took the time to help you.