Course Overview

This course will enable you to develop the basic skills necessary to implement complete Explicit Dynamics solution procedures in Ansys Mechanical. Explicit Dynamics is the preferred choice when simulating the dynamic response of highly transient, highly nonlinear physical phenomena like drop testing and high-speed impact. You’ll utilize the extensive library of nonlinear material models and body-to-body contact to produce faithful representations of real-world physical systems.


  • Completion of the Ansys Mechanical Getting Started course is required.
  • A technical education and a background in the fundamentals of finite element analysis are recommended. A basic background in the following areas is also recommended: dynamics, mechanics of materials, material modeling, and the physics of transient dynamic events. An engineering degree is not required.

Target Audience:

Mechanical Engineers, Impact Dynamics Engineers, Drop Test Engineers and Designers working with structures that experience short-duration and/or high-speed impact events.

Teaching Method:

Lectures and computer workshops to give students the knowledge and confidence they’ll need to apply what they’ve learned to their own designs. 

Learning Path


Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Understand how the explicit solution method differs from other methods used to perform dynamic analysis in Ansys and to choose when it is most appropriate.
  • Apply the proper workflow when setting up an explicit analysis and take advantage of the Drop Test Wizard to automate the workflow.
  • Build efficient meshes that take full advantage of the computational speed afforded by the explicit solution method.
  • Access an extensive library of material models suitable for predicting failure and post-failure behavior of your designs.
  • Model and simulate a wide variety of true-to-life interactions among component parts within a larger system-level model.
  • Apply the proper solution settings to your explicit analyses to ensure speed and accuracy.

 Available Dates

Currently, no Training Dates available.

Learning Options

Training materials for this course are available with a Ansys Learning Hub Subscription. If there is no active public schedule available, private training can be arranged. Please contact us.


This course is a 2 day classroom covering both lectures and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered over 3 x 2 hour sessions, lectures only.

  • Explicit Dynamics Setup and Workflow
  • Drop Test Wizard
  • Introduction to Explicit
  • Preprocessing
  • Element Formulations
  • Meshing
  • Material Models
  • Connections (Body Interactions, Contact, Spot Welds, Springs/Dampers, Joints)
  • Analysis Settings and Parameters

Virtual Classroom Session 1 / Live Classroom Day 1

  • Module 01: Explicit Dynamics Setup and Workflow
  • Workshop 01.1: Cylinder Impact
  • Workshop 01.2: Can Crush
  • Workshop 01.3: Drop Test Wizard Circuit Board
  • Module 02: Introduction to Explicit Dynamics
  • Workshop 02.1: Impact of a Projectile on a Prestressed Container
  • Workshop 02.2: Drop Test of a Pressurized Gas Bott

Virtual Classroom Session 2 / Live Classroom Day 1

  • Module 03: Meshing
  • Workshop 03.1: Mesh Study
  • Workshop 03.2: 2D Axisymmetric Impact

Virtual Classroom Session 2 / Live Classroom Day 2

  • Module 04: Material Models
  • Workshop 04.1: 1D Shock Propagation
  • Workshop 04.2: Turbine Blade Failure

Virtual Classroom Session 4 / Live Classroom Day 2

  • Module 05: Connections
  • Workshop 05.1: Oblique Impact
  • Workshop 05.2: Drop Test on Reinforced Concrete
  • Workshop 05.3: KEP Impact on Reinforced Concrete
  • Module 06: Analysis Settings and Parameters
  • Workshop 06.1: Can Crush with Mass Scaling
  • Workshop 06.2: Drop Test of a Bottle
  • Workshop 06.3: Prestressed Beam with Static Damping
  • Workshop 06.4: Cylinder Impact What-if Study
  • Workshop 06.5: Filled Can Crush