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Fundamental Topics in Nonlinear Materials for Metals (Self-paced Learning Available)

Course Overview

In many engineering applications, great care is taken to ensure that structural designs operate safely and reliably within the yield strength of the material, often with a prescribed safety factor against yield. Occasionally, however, engineers must evaluate how a structure responds after the material has exceeded its yield strength, resulting in permanent deformation. Examples may include accident reconstruction, structural failure mitigation, and the design of energy absorption mechanisms.

This course serves as a starting point for anyone wishing to perform nonlinear structural analysis in which a metal structure has developed stresses beyond the material yield strength. It provides a foundation for selection of a material model in Engineering Data, proper entry of material data, and setting up a simulation model to accurately capture post-yield material response.


Teaching Method

Lectures and computer practical sessions to validate acquired knowledge. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Choose a nonlinear material model and use it to simulate post-yield material response in structures made from common engineering metals.
  • Properly enter material data for common metal plasticity models in Engineering Data.
  • Apply proper mesh and solution controls to accurately capture nonlinear material response.
  • Validate your simulation results against the defined material model.

 Available Dates

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 2-hour self-paced course covering:

  • Yield Criterion
  • Flow Rule
  • Hardening Rules
  • Material Data Input
  • Handling Experimental Data
  • Solver Controls and Results