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ANSYS Multiphysics Campus License

Campus License for 2021-2022

Starting May 1st 2021, Faculty of Applied Sciences will be entering into a one year paid site license arranagement with ANSYS. The license will end April 30th 2022 unless a renewal is organized. In previous years, ANSYS Multiphysics teaching and research licenses have been provided at no cost to members of the UBC community. Please review the changes to eligibility below.

Changes As Of May 1st 2021

 On May 1st 2021, an important change was made to ANSYS licenses at UBC. Please review the following chnages that will be made and action you need to take:

  • Teaching licenses will be moved to another license server. To continue using ANSYS teaching licenses, you are required to update your ANSYS software on your personal computer to point to the new license server @ ansys-teaching.license.apsc.ubc.ca
  • Research licenses will require a request and approval based on eligibility.
  • HPC licenses will require a request and approval based on your Sockeye or Compute Canada username.
  • For research and HPC licenses, we recommend updating the license server to ansys-research.license.apsc.ubc.ca

Please see Get ANSYS to request your research license. We recommend requesting this license in advance. Please review the FAQ for instructions on how to change your license server.


As of March 31 2021 for the period of May 1st 2021 to April 30 2022.

Electrical and Computer Engineering Vancouver Faculty, Research Staff & Students ELEC, CPEN Teaching & Research Eligible
Mechanical Engineering Vancouver Faculty, Research Staff & Students MECH, NAME Teaching & Research Eligible
Civil Engineering Vancouver Faculty, Research Staff & Students CIVL Teaching & Research Eligible
Materials Engineering Vancouver Faculty, Research Staff & Students MTRL, MANU, IGEN Teaching & Research Eligible
Faculty of Applied Science Vancouver or Okanagan Design Team Members N/A Teaching Eligible
Faculty of Applied Science Vancouver or Okanagan Students (self directed learning only) N/A Teaching Eligible
All other units not listed above Vancouver or Okanagan Faculty, staff, students All other course subject codes not listed above Teaching & Research Ineligible

Here are some detials that may be relevant:

  • Faculty of Applied Science may have individual arrangements for paid research licenses not in this list. This is on a per Faculty member basis. Your Faculty supervisor can request to join the license if they are otherwise ineligible to receive a license as a result of their department affiliation.
  • Departments reserve the right to do cost recovery of research licenses.


All ANSYS simulation tools are available to all engineering students and faculty at the University of British Columbia. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (Fluent, CFX, Polyflow, Chemkin, etc.)
  • Structural Analysis (Mechanical, APDL, Autodyn, etc.)
  • Low Frequency Electromagnetic (Maxwell, Simplorer, Motor-CAD etc.)
  • High Frequency Electromagnetic (HFSS, ANSYS SIwave, etc.)
  • Chip Design (RedHawk, PowerArtist, etc.)
  • System Modeling (Scade)
  • Designer-level 3D modeling and Simulation (Discovery)
  • Dynamics (LS-DYNA) - research only
  • High Performance Computing - research only

For detailed information about what is included in our site license here are some specifics:

  • UBC's main license type is Ansys Academic Multiphysics Campus Solution 50/500 (which means 50 concurrent research licenses, 500 concurrent teaching licenses)
  • UBC's LS-DYNA license type is a separate product listed as ANSYS Academic Research LS-DYNA (25 tasks)
  • Please see the academic product table mapping our product license types and license features that you may be looking for.


Downloads for ANSYS is currently available via our site SharePoint Online for ANSYS Site License (UBC Microsoft 365 / CWL login required, hint students use cwlusername@student.ubc.ca and employees should use firstname.lastname@ubc.ca):

Teaching Licenses

Teaching licenses are available without needing to request approved access. However, please review your eligibility and terms of use before using teaching licenses. Just because teaching licenses do not require approval does not mean they can be used by those that are ineligible or against the terms of use.

    Research Licenses

    Research licenses need to be requested and approved as of May 1st 2021.  To request a license, please check that you are eligible prior to requesting. Please submit a ticket to the IT Help Desk and include the following information:

    • Your computer name (please see FAQ for instructions to find your computer name)
    • Your departmental affiliation
    • Your title for the position that you are going to be using ANSYS (if applicable)
    • If you are requesting research licenses as a student for a masters or PhD thesis, please say so explicitly.
    • A brief description of the type of research you are conducting and who the
    • The principle investigator of your research project.
    • If you require HPC licenses, please provide your username that you use on Sockeye or Compute Canada and specify which system you need to access. If you are unsure that you need this, please leave this out.

    Note: ECE users should use the web form linked above, too. While ECE IT and ECE Engineering Services are aware of the licensing situation request process, we will only accept requests for the research site license through the above web form.


    License server License Types
    ansys-teaching.license.apsc.ubc.ca ANSYS Teaching for undergraduate students, Engineering Design Teams, and graduate students that do not need research licenses. Limited to 4 cores only of concurrent compute solving. No limits on nodes/elements for simulations. Not for use by faculty for their research. Acceptable to use by faculty members for instructional purposes only.
    ansys-research.license.apsc.ubc.ca ANSYS Research for faculty, research assistants, and graduate students who are involved in faculty lead research or masters/PhD thesis projects that require additional compute than is available with the teaching license. By request only. Build in 4 core HPC licensing with 900 cores of flexible add-on licensing available.
    1. Download ANSYS from the SharePoint Online link above
    2. Connect to myVPN
    3. Mount the ANSYS install Disk 1 iso image (right click and choose 'mount')
    4. Run the installer
    5. Click through the prompts with Agree/Next until you get the section specifying the license server
    6. Specify the correct license server from the table above
    7. Continue with the rest of the installation
    8. When prompted for Disk 2 unmount Disk 1 by right-clicking on the drive letter for Desk 1 and choosing 'Unmount". Mount Disk 2.
    9. Repeat the previousl step for Disk 3 until complete

    Terms of Use

    • Use for teaching and research licenses is permitted ONLY within Canada. Exporting ANSYS outside of Canada is against UBC's agreement with the company and may be against Canadian and US law.
    • Teaching licenses may only be used for teaching purposes, and not Research.
    • Research licenses may not be used for teaching  except with justified teaching use cases approved by UBC and ANSYS.
    • Commercial usage is forbidden. This may include industry research partnerships, incubator style startups, and other types of related activities.
    • People who are not current employees or current students of UBC are ineligible to use ANSYS.
    • This list you are reading is not exhaustive. When installing ANSYS, you will be required to agree to the company's terms and conditions (see latest "Web License Agreement") and the addenum regarding academic use.


    Please review the ANSYS Privacy Policy.

    UBC will not provide any information to ANSYS directly of students or employees using the ANSYS license server. Links in this page may point to resources that require sign up that will send your information outside of Canada. This is provided to you as an optional resource that you can choose to use (or not) freely.

    Student Engineering Design Teams

    Student lead Engineering Design Teams student members are free to use our ANSYS teaching licenses regardless of assocation with a particular department. However, there are limitations. ANSYS has removed the node/element limits in the ANSYS teaching product which allows you to use teaching licenses for more complex simulations, however, you are limited to 4 CPU cores per simulation. If you need more licenses (assuming you have the CPU cores to run them on) it is recommended that you apply for ANSYS sponsorship for your team. In addition, you will be able to get access to ANSYS Learning Hub which is not available to undergraduate students otherwise. Please be aware though that IT@APSC unfortunately cannot help you host ANSYS licenses that you obtain through sponsorship through the company. Please see ANSYS Student Teams for more information.

    ANSYS Manuals (Windows)

    The product manuals are included within the product installation media, for example:

    • From ANSYS Workbench GUI > Help > ANSYS Workbench Help
    • From ANSYS Mechanical GUI > Help > Mechanical Help
    • From Windows Start > All Programs > ANSYS 2021 > ANSYS Help 2021
    • Every Workbench application has a similar Help menu process that provides access to the application’s documentation

    Online training materials and Tutorials

    ANSYS Learning Hub

    ANSYS Learning Hub is learning platform produced by ANSYS to provide on-demand and virtual synchronous courses. Learning Hub is provided based on eligibility of resesearch licenses. Undergraduate students, Capstone Design Teams, and Applied Science Student Engineering Design Teams are not eligible for ANSYS Learning Hub through UBC's site license. A sign-up link will be provided when requesting a research license. However, feel free to review the ANSYS Learning Hub description on ANSYS' website for further information. Capstone and Applied Science Student Engineering Design Teams should apply to ANSYS directly for a student sponsorship to obtain access to ANSYS Learning Hub.

    ANSYS Student Community

    Have a technical question? Want to discuss an innovative new idea? Join the worldwide community of student ANSYS users! This is a public forum for the benefit of authorized ANSYS Academic product users, allowing the sharing of ideas, and for open discussion on topics that are of interest to the ANSYS academic user base. This should be your primary method to obtain support if required rather than contacting the company's direct support. ANSYS employees monitor the forums and respond on various topics which keeps the information accessible and open to everyone.

    For ANSYS discovery, see https://discoveryforum.ansys.com/

    Online Webinars

    Check out ANSYS Events for webinars

    Follow ANSYS Blog for the latest information

    Want to be kept updated on applications of simulations? Webinar available? Etc. Follow the ansys blog at https://www.ansys.com/blog and subscribe for regular updates

    Subscribe to ANSYS TechTips on YouTube

    Advanced Training Manuals

    Available on the ANSYS download location above, stored in the "Training" folder.


    How do I change my license server?

    If you already have ANSYS installed, to you can update your license server as follows:

    1. For Windows, run "notepad" as an administrator by going to the start menu or search bar and choosing Right click > Run as administrator.
    2. In notepad, open the file ansyslmd.ini located at C:\Program Files\ANSYS Inc\Shared Files\Licensing\
    3. The contents of the file should be prepopulated, and you can just adjust the license server to the below based on license type (substitute 'teaching' or 'research' for 'licensetype' in the URL below, without quotes).

    For teaching:



    For research:



    What is the difference between teaching and research licenses?

    There are two main differences in the license types for teaching and research. The first is that ANSYS teaching licenses and research licenses are separated by types of usage. If you are are doing teaching or learning for a UBC course section or academic program, then naturally you would use teaching licenses. If you are a faculty member conducting research, you would use a research license. If you are a faculty member conducting research, you would use a research license.

    The second difference between the license types is based on how many processors you can use when you go to run your simulation. Teaching licenses are limited to 4 cores or processes and are not eligible for add-on HPC licenses, and research licenses are able to use 4 cores by default (build-in) and are eligible to use more cores via 900 available add-on HPC licenses.

    The third difference is the number and cost of these licenses. UBC has 50 research and 500 teaching licenses that can be used concurrently. That is a lot, however, research licenses must be used conserved more than teaching license.

    How to I resolve issues with electronics licensing?

    This may be related to a recent change in ANSYS licensing made by the vendor, not UBC. To fix this problem, you must change the license type in the Electronics Desktop in Windows.

    1. Go to Tools > Options > General Options
    2. Under General > Desktop Configuration and under Product Licensing, ensure that "Usage Electronics Pro, Premium, Enterprise product licensing: is selected.

    Under Linux, you woudl add the command line option -UseElectronicsPPE when calling ansysedt on the command line.

    If that doesn't work, here are some other sugestions:

    • Ensure you're connected to the myVPN service to ensure that you can reach the license server.
    • Upgrade to the latest version of ANSYS provided by UBC
    I'm cross appointed and one of my positions is eligible, can I use ANSYS research licenses?

    If you are using ANSYS is related to your position with an eligible department, then you are eligible. However, if you want to use ANSYS and are ineligible to use ANSYS with the position you are using ANSYS for in your work, then you would be ineligible.

    I'm a grad student I report to a faculty supervisor, can I use ANSYS research licenses?

    If your usage is related to a masters or PhD thesis, then you can submit a request for a research license as a student if you are in the Faculty of Applied Science. However, your particular use case will be evaluated.

    How do I find my computer name?

    On Windows:

    1. Open the Control Panel.
    2. Click System and Security > System.
    3. On the View basic information about your computer page, see the Full computer name under the section Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings.

    On Linux, one of the following commands should work:

    • hostname
    • hostnamectl
    • cat /proc/sys/kernel/hostname
    How do you use LS-DYNA licenses included with the ANSYS site license?

    First of all, actual usage of the LS-DYNA module to setup your model is out of scope. We can only assist you with some basic directions. First thing to note is that the type of license available as part of this license is ANSYS LS-DYNA. Stand-alone LS-DYNA as available from Livermore Software Technology company (now owned by ANSYS) and is a separate product. However, that being said, the products will likely have few differences apart from the pre/post processing tools that you choose to use.

    There are three ways you can use ANSYS LS-DYNA. Please ensure that LS-DYNA is installed as part of your ANSYS installation. Please install the latest version of ANSYS as there have been some product changes recently as a result of ANSYS buying out Livermore Software Technology.

    1. Via ANSYS Workbench. (Windows only) Look for "LS-DYNA" in the available Toolboxes. This gives you access to the pre/post processing tools as well and is the recommended approach if you are starting off.
    2. Command line. (Windows or Linux) This may be the best option for you if you are coming from standalone LS-DYNA licensing or HPC system and are wanting to use non-ANSYS pre/post processing tools. If you are wanting to use ANSYS LS-DYNA on an HPC system such as UBC Sockeye or a national Compute Canada system as most guides that are available online are for standalone LS-DYNA rather than ANSYS LS-DYNA.
    3. Via GUI tool LS-RUN. (Windows only) From the start menu in the lastest ANSYS edition, look for the program "LS-Run". This is the best place to know where your ANSYS LS-DYNA solver is installed on your machine. It's helpful to use this tool if you wish to use the command line edition of the LS-DYNA solver on a single machine and are new to this environment.

    ANSYS LS-DYNA uses the same license configuration as the rest of the ANSYS suite in the file C:\Program Files\ANSYS Inc\Shared Files\Licensing\ansyslmd.ini . It is only available with research licenses. ANSYS LS-DYNA uses the product feature called 'dyna' that it will check out from the license server. Standalone LS-DYNA provided by Livermore Software Technology cannot 'talk' to the ANSYS license server to use this type of licensing. With UBC's license there are currently 25 tasks of ANSYS LS-DYNA each having built in 16 cores of built-in HPC licensing for a total of 400 concurrent CPU cores. If you run into a problem with the LS-DYNA licensing being exhausted please submit a ticket to the IT Help Desk and we can obtain additional licenses from the vendor as this is currently a limited shared resource.

    My question isn't answered in the help or forums, how do I contact ANSYS?

    You should post in the ANSYS Learning Forum, regardless if you are a student or professor. ANSYS employees monitor the forums.

    If you do not get a response after waiting a suitable amount of time, please email it.engagement@apsc.ubc.ca for assistance.