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Material Characterization
for Metals / Polymers
and Foams

Course Overview

This introductory class is designed for attendees who would like to gain deep insight into the process of material characterization in LS-DYNA. The class provides a brief overview of many common engineering material models available in LS-DYNA, followed by familiarizing attendees with several tests to capture key mechanical properties.


Teaching Method

Lectures and Illustrations with Examples

Learning Outcome

Following completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify test procedures for uni-axial, and proportional loading
  • Choose from a variety of common Metal Plasticity models
  • Represent material behavior of Thermoplastics
  • Add Failure and Damage behavior to material models
  • Choose from a variety of common Hyperelasticity models
  • Characterize both elastic and elastic-plastic foams


 Available Dates

Currently, no available dates.

Currently, no training dates available

Learning Options

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


This is a 1-day classroom course. For virtual training, this course is covered over 4 x 2-hour sessions lectures only.

Virtual Classroom Session 1

  • Module 01 – Introduction
  • Module 02 – Overview of Material Laws, Treatment of Curves and Tables

Virtual Classroom Session 2

  • Module 03 – Metals
  • Module 04 – Thermoplastics

Virtual Classroom Session 3

  • Module 05 – Failure and Damage
  • Module 06 – Hyperelasticity

Virtual Classroom Session 4

  • Module 06 – Hyperelasticity (continued)
  • Module 07 – Foams
  • A significant portion of the class will walk through these steps:
  • Understanding the material
  • Defining minimum and recommended tests to perform
  • Reviewing the process of data-cleansing and conversion of the test data to a LS-DYNA material model
  • Verifying the material properties