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Ansys Material Designer

Course Overview

Numerical simulation of composite structures is challenging due to the differences in involved length scales. While the finite element method could be used to simulate the structural mechanics of this system (resolving all length scales), it is not practical. 

The standard approach to eliminate this problem of scale in finite element analysis for composite materials is homogenization. With homogenized material data, structures only need to be simulated at the macroscopic scale, making composite simulation significantly less computationally expensive.

An accurate approach is finite element analysis of the microscale structure of the material, which is the approach implemented in Material Designer. In Material Designer, the homogenization process starts with modeling the RVE. This requires the creation of a simplified geometry, as well as the definition of material properties of the constituent materials. Subsequently, the geometry is meshed for finite element analysis. The RVE is then exposed to several macroscopic load cases, and its response is computed. The homogenized material data is computed from the results of these responses.


  • The user should be familiar with setting up workflows into Workbench
  • The user should be familiar with the SpaceClaim interface is also recommended

Teaching Method

The learning is based on the completion of a lecture, and on the example it contains.

Learning Outcome

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

  • Become aware of the applications of Materials Designer
  • Understand where Material Designer fits into the simulation workflow
  • Learn how to create a Representative Volume (User Defined shape of Predefined shape)
  • Become familiar with the workflow within Material Designer
  • Review the results and know how to use the results

 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 covered over a 2-hours session for virtual training. The course consists of a workshop.

Virtual Classroom Session 1

  • Module 01: Material Designer Overview
  • Material Designer applications
  • Workflow into Workbench
  • Workflow within Material Designer