Opening the file in an older version


I am writing my Bachelor thesis. For the first calculations I created a project with 95 KB with the student version Ansys Workbench Version 19.0. However, the given number of nodes of 295,000 is not sufficient for these calculations.
That's why I want to open the project at the university with the full version 17.0.
Due to the version difference the project cannot be opened.
The following error appears: "The project was saved in a higher product version and cannot be opened".

Is it possible to compress or convert the project to open the project and edit it further?

Thank you very much.



  • RobRob UKForum Coordinator
    edited June 2019

    It's not normally possible to open files on older versions of the code: that is changing with the current release for some models though. How did you generate the R19 model? 

  • EdithEdith Member
    edited June 2019

    Thank you for your answer. 

    I created my CAD model with Solid Works 2017 SP03 and saved it as Step AP203.
    Then the file was imported into Academic Student 2019 R1 (FENSAP-ICE 2019 R1). Then I prepared the project in Ansys (force, mounting). Then I saved the project as a WBPJ file.
    This project cannot be opened with Ansys version 17.

  • Is this information still valid relative to v2020R1 files in v2019R3?

  • RobRob UKForum Coordinator

    Yes, again it's slightly solver specific so some Fluent cases will open in older versions (with several warnings). Workbench is not able to open files created in a newer version.

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