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Ansys Workbench
LS-DYNA (Self-paced Learning Available)

Course Overview

This course covers the use of Ansys LS-DYNA inside Workbench Mechanical. Ansys LS-DYNA is useful for the analysis of problems involving contact, large deformation, nonlinear materials, transient response, and/or problems requiring explicit solutions. Common applications for which LS-DYNA excels include safety and stability, crash test and drop test simulation, as well as forming applications.


  • 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, you will be able to:

  • Understand how the explicit solution method differs from other methods used to performed dynamic analysis in Ansys and to choose when it is most appropriate.
  • Choose the proper solution parameters unique to Ansys LS-DYNA that will ensure an accurate and efficient solution.
  • Take advantage of common modeling abstraction techniques (rigid bodies, point and distributed masses) to produce efficient and realistic simulations.
  • Understand and apply various Contact conditions unique to Ansys LS-DYNA according to best practice guidelines.
  • Leverage the robust nonlinear analysis capabilities afforded by LS-DYNA in the solution of quasi-static problems.
  • Assign mesh controls required to produce accurate and efficient explicit solutions.
  • Choose from several LS-DYNA element formulations while understanding the trade-offs between accuracy and efficiency.
  • Access advanced functionality of LS-DYNA using keyword snippets.

 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 2-day classroom course covering both lectures and workshops.  For virtual training, this course is covered over 4 x 2-hour sessions, lectures only.

Virtual Classroom Session 1 / Live Classroom Day 1

  • Module 01: Explicit Theory and Workbench LS-DYNA
  • Module 02: Solution Setup, Boundary Conditions, Rigid Bodies
  • Workshop 01.1: Taylor Impact
  • Workshop 02.1: Rotary Draw Bending
  • Workshop 02.2: Drop Test Wizard

Virtual Classroom Session 2 / Live Classroom Day 1

  • Module 03: LS-DYNA Results and Postprcoessing
  • Module 04: Connections
  • Module 05: Quasi-static Analysis and Result Verification
  • Workshop 03.1:  Postprocessing with LS-PrepPost
  • Workshop 04.1:  Impact on Tubes
  • Workshop 05.1:  Quasi-static

Virtual Classroom Session 3 / Live Classroom Day 2

  • Module 06: Engineering Data and Material Models
  • Module 07: Meshing
  • Workshop 07.1: Meshing

Virtual Classroom Session 4 / Live Classroom Day 2

  • Module 08: Element Formulations
  • Module 09: LS-DYNA Keywords
  • Workshop 08.1: Drop Test
  • Workshop 08.2: Bird Strike
  • Workshop 09.1: Crimping Process

  • What is LS-DYNA
  • Time Integration and Time Step
  • Integration of LS-DYNA in Ansys
  • Analysis Settings
  • Loads and Initial Conditions
  • Rigid Bodies and Point Mass
  • Contact
  • Quasi-static
  • Energy Balance
  • Engineering Data and Material Models
  • Meshing
  • Solid / Shell / Beam Element Formulations
  • Connections
  • Keyword Input Command Snippets