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Medium Of InstructionsMode Of LearningMode Of Delivery
EnglishSelf StudyVideo and Text Based

Course Overview

The Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations programme is problem-based, and candidates will learn by doing. They will be using a powerful and versatile tool from ANSYS, Inc. to perform engineering simulations. They will be using a common approach to solve problems that involve different branches of Physics (structural mechanics, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics). The programme focuses on moving beyond garbage-in, and garbage-out, and understanding what is under the black-box.

Learners will be solving textbook examples to understand the fundamentals of computational fluid dynamics and finite-element analysis. They will then put these principles into practice and simulate real-world examples (a wind turbine rotor and a bolted rocket assembly).

By working with real-world examples and using a leading simulation tool used by professionals, the Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations training will help learners move beyond button pushing and encourage them to start thinking like experts. Cornell University developed the Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations online course in collaboration with the ANSYS Corporation. Therefore, all learners will be able to download and use ANSYS Student for free.

Learners may enroll in the self-paced course for free or pay a small amount. If they want to learn the course for free they may opt for the audit track where limited access is given. On the other hand, if they want unlimited course access they may get admission using the verified track for which they may have to pay a small amount. 

The Highlights

  • Video lectures in English
  • Learn at your own pace
  • Real-world examples
  • Transcripts in English
  • Intermediate course
  • Cornell programme
  • Six-week course
  • 4-6 hours/week
  • Download ANSYS Student for free
  • Completion certificate available for purchase
  • Verified and shareable certificate

Programme Offerings

  • Video lectures in English
  • Real-world examples
  • Self-paced training
  • Cornell programme
  • Transcripts in English
  • Intermediate course
  • Download ANSYS Student for free
  • Six-week Course
  • 4-6 hours/week
  • Completion certificate available for purchase

Courses and Certificate Fees

Fees InformationsCertificate AvailabilityCertificate Providing Authority
INR 280745yesCornell University, Ithaca
  • The Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations is a free-learning programme.
  • The completion certificate is available for purchase for those who wish to get certified.

A Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations fee structure



A Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations (Audit only)


A Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations (with certificate)


Eligibility Criteria

Prerequisites for the Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations certification course include knowledge of Newton’s second law and other high school Physics concepts, differential calculus, integral calculus, and the basics of matrix algebra.

What you will learn

Knowledge of engineering

On successful completion of the Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations training, learners will have in-depth knowledge of the following:

  • Using ANSYS Fluent™ for fluid dynamics simulations
  • Expert approach for engineering analysis and simulations
  • Computational fluid dynamics and finite-element analysis
  • Using ANSYS Mechanical™ for structural mechanics simulations
  • Using ANSYS® software for building simulations of real-world applications
  • Validation and verification of simulations including checking against hand calculations

Admission Details

Step 1: Enroll in the Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations course by edX using the link here:

Step 2: Begin by tapping on the "Enroll" tab located at the top corner of the webpage. This action will land you on the course page. 

Step 3: Fill out the online registration form provided by edX and submit it. 

Step 4: edX will notify you via email if the registration was successful. You can commence learning after that. 

Application Details

Candidates must complete an online registration form and create an edX learning account. They can apply to the Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations programme directly after creating an account on edX or registering through with their social media accounts like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, or Apple. Provide contact details as asked, including your full name, country, and email ID to complete enrollment. 

The Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Big Ideas: What’s Under the Blackbox?
  • Big Ideas: Finite Element Analysis
  • 2D Conduction
  • Big Ideas: Solid Mechanics 
  • Bike Crank
  • Interview: Andy Sadhwani ( Aerospace Engineer)
  • Bolted Nozzle Flange
  • Future Learning FEA

  • Big Ideas: Fluid Dynamics
  • Big Ideas: Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Laminar Pipe Flow
  • Laminar Channel Flow (Laminar Pipe Flow Homework)

  • Turbulent Airfoil Flow (Optional)

  • Wind Turbine Blade: Part 1/CFD (Optional)
  • Wind Turbine Blade: Part 2/FEA (Optional)
  • Further Learning: CFD

  • Truss
  • Cantilever Beam
  • Laminar Pipe Convection
  • Plate with a Hole
  • Torsion


Cornell University, Ithaca Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

1: Which software will I learn to use?

You will learn how to use the ANSYS Fluent™, ANSYS Mechanical™ tool, and other ANSYS® software tools.

2: Will I have to pay to download the software?

If you apply to this course, you can download the ANSYS Student software package for free.

3: Which University is offering this course?

Cornell University is offering this course.

4: Is this an offline course?

No, this is an online course.

5: Is this a short-term course?

Yes, the duration of this course is just six weeks.


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