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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.

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 Outcome

Following 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.

Virtual Classroom Session 1

  • Module 01: Explicit Dynamics Setup and Workflow, Part 1
  • Workshop 01.1: Drop Test Wizard Circuit Board
  • Module 02: Introduction to Explicit Dynamics
  • Workshop 02.1: Cylinder Impact
  • Workshop 02.2: Can Crush
  • Workshop 02.3: Can Crush with Mass Scaling
  • Module 03: Explicit Dynamics Setup and Workflow, Part 2
  • Workshop 03.1: Impact of Projectile on Prestressed Concrete
  • Workshop 03.2: Drop Test of Prestressed Gas Bottle
  • Workshop 03.3: 2D Axisymmetric Impact

Virtual Classroom Session 2

  • Module 04: Meshing
  • Workshop 04.1: Mesh Study
  • Module 05: Material Models
  • Workshop 05.1: Turbine Blade Failure
  • Workshop 05.2: Oblique Impact
  • Workshop 05.3: Drop Test of a Bottle

Virtual Classroom Session 3

  • Module 06: Connections
  • Workshop 06.1: Drop Test of Reinforced Concrete
  • Workshop 06.2: KEP Impact on Reinforced Concrete
  • Module 07: Analysis Settings
  • Workshop 07.1: Prestressed Beam with Static Damping
  • Workshop 07.2: 1D Shock Propagation
  • Module 08: Reference Frames
  • Workshop 08.1: Filled Can Crush
  • Workshop 08.2: Bird Strike
  • Explicit Dynamics Setup and Workflow
  • Introduction to Explicit
  • Meshing
  • Material Models
  • Connections (Body Interactions, Contact, Spot Welds, Springs/Dampers, Joints)
  • Analysis Settings
  • Euler and Particle Reference Frames