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Self-Expanding Stents (Self-paced Learning Available)

Course Overview

Self-expanding stents are medical devices that treat coronary artery disease, a leading cause of death. This course covers the background, simulation, and evaluation of stent design and performance, using Ansys software to model the complex nonlinear behavior of shape memory materials, the interaction of stent and artery, and the loading conditions of stent deployment and operation. The course is intended for anyone who is interested in biomedical engineering, stent design, or Ansys Mechanical simulation, and provides the necessary knowledge and skills to build, solve, and interpret self-expanding stent simulations.


Teaching Method

Lectures and computer practical sessions to validate acquired knowledge. 

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the background of coronary artery disease and its treatments, including the use of stents.

  • Understand the role of simulation in stent design and analysis.

  • Build, solve, and interpret results of self-expanding stent simulations using Ansys Mechanical software.

  • Model stents, arteries, and plaque, and understand the behavior of shape memory materials. 

  • Evaluate stent performance and results under various loading scenarios.

  • Apply the knowledge and skills gained to tackle complex nonlinear simulations in biomedical engineering.

 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 4-hour self-paced course covering:

  • Geometry Pre-Processing
  • Shape Memory Alloy Material Modeling
  • Contact Modeling
  • Hyperelasticity
  • Curve Fitting
  • Newton Raphson Method
  • Design of Experiments, Response Surfaces, and Optimization
  • Fatigue of Nitinol
  • Non-Linear Stabilization
  • Cyclic Symmetry
  • Troubleshooting non-convergence