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Material Characterization
for Metals / Polymers
and Foams

Course Overview

This introductory class is designed for attendees who would like to gain deep insight into the process of material characterization in Ansys LS-DYNA. The class provides a brief overview of all available materials models available in Ansys LS-DYNA, followed by familiarizing attendees with several tests to capture key mechanical properties.


  • Introduction to Ansys LS-DYNA

Target Audience

This class is targeted for students and structural engineers involved in large deformation problems and interested to get a deep understanding of the process of material testing and characterization for use in large deformation problems.

Teaching Method

Lectures and Illustrations with Examples

Learning Path

Currently, no Learning Path available

Learning Outcome

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

  • Learn about testing Procedures for Uni-Axial, and proportional loading
  • Review of Metal Plasticity
  • Review of onset of Necking and Instability
  • Review of Elastomers and its properties
  • Review of Recoverable and Structural Foams
  • Know more of the best practices of Material Characterization

     Available Dates

    Date / Time Duration Event Type Location Language Course Cost Registration
    June 21, 2021
    13:00 - 15:00   EST (GMT -5)
    5 Sessions
    Jun 21-25
    Virtual Virtual - WebEx English Subscription Only Register
    October 18, 2021
    11:00 - 13:00   EST (GMT -5)
    5 Sessions
    Oct 18-20, 22
    Virtual Virtual - WebEx English Subscription Only Register

    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 5-day classroom course covering both lectures and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered over 5 x 2-hour sessions lectures only.

    Virtual Classroom Session 1

    • Module 01 – Introduction
    • Module 02 – Stress and Strain

    Virtual Classroom Session 2

    • Module 03 – Overview of material laws
    • Module 04 – Test Matrix for Characterization
    • Module 05 – Metal Plasticity

    Virtual Classroom Session 3

    • Module 06 – Necking Treatment
    • Module 07 – Strain-rate hardening
    • Module 08 – Failure and Damage

    Virtual Classroom Session 4

    • Module 09 – Elastomers
    • Module 10 – Foas
    • Module 11 – Foams

    Virtual Classroom Session 5

    • Module 12 – Honeycomb Structure
    • Module 13 – Brief overview of Parameter Identification
    • Module 14 - Conclusions
    • A significant portion of the class will walk through these steps:
    • Understanding the material
    • Defining minimum and recommended tests to perform
    • Reviewing the process of data-cleansing and conversion of the test data to a LS-DYNA material model
    • Verifying the material properties