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Ansys Explicit
Dynamics Theory

Course Overview

We are able to comprehend the physics of brief-duration events thanks to Explicit Dynamics. Events that take place in milliseconds or even less time, such as a ball hitting a bat, a phone falling to the ground, or a vehicle crash can be simulated using Explicit Dynamics.

Explicit Dynamics method may also be used to simulate cases with high nonlinearities, where obtaining convergence via implicit methods is not possible. We discuss the theory underlying Explicit Dynamics simulations in this course.


This course is an introductory course to Explicit Dynamics Theory. While no previous knowledge of Explicit Dynamics is required, fundamental knowledge of the finite element method is required.

Teaching Method

Self-paced videos, with accompanying hands-on tutorials to validate practical knowledge.

Learning Outcome

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

  • Understand the distinctions between Implicit and Explicit methods and when to utilize each one.
  • Adjust model parameters to obtain an optimum time step size for efficient simulations.
  • Detect and remedy undesirable behaviors such as volumetric locking, shear locking and hourglass behavior.
  • Learn how to check the energy balance of the system to ensure solution 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.

Self-paced Learning 

Complete a class on your own schedule at your own pace. Scope is equivalent to Instructor led classes. Includes video lecture, workshops and input files. All our Self-Paced video courses are only available with an Ansys Learning Hub subscription.


This is a 1-hour self-paced course covering:

  • Time Integration in Explicit Dynamic Analysis
  • Time Step in Explicit Dynamic Analysis
  • Element Formulation in Explicit Dynamic Analysis
  • Energy Balance in Explicit Dynamic Analysis
  • Summary