Advanced Structural Material Nonlinearities (Traditional GUI)


B.S. in engineering or engineering experience, Introduction to ANSYS (Traditional GUI) as well as the Basic Structural Nonlinearities Course. Knowledge of finite element theory highly recommended.


This ANSYS training course will focus on element selection and the wide range of constitutive models available in ANSYS and is intended for intermediate and advanced ANSYS users. This 2-day specialized ANSYS training course will focus on rate-independent plasticity, rate-dependent nonlinear material behavior (creep and viscoplasticity) and hyperelasticity. Attendees at this ANSYS training course will learn the appropriate element formulations to use, the input of nonlinear material parameters, and the applicability of the various constitutive models for engineering use.

ANSYS Training Course Topics Include:

  • Element Technology
  • Conventional Displacement-Based Continuum Elements
  • Shear and Volumetric Locking in Continuum Elements
  • Selective Reduced Integration (B-bar)
  • Uniform Reduced Integration (URI)
  • Enhanced Strain Formulation
  • Mixed U-P Formulation
  • General Recommendations for Continuum Elements
  • Shell Elements
  • Beam Elements
  • Advanced Rate-Independent Plasticity
  • Background on Rate-Independent Plasticity
  • von Mises Yield Criteria
  • Anisotropic/Hill Potential (HILL)
  • Anisotropic/Generalized Hill Potential (ANISO)
  • Voce Nonlinear Isotropic Hardening (NLISO)
  • Linear Kinematic Hardening
  • Chaboche Nonlinear Kinematic Hardening (CHAB)
  • Combined Hardening (CHAB + xISO)
  • Cyclic Hardening and Cyclic Softening
  • Racheting and Shakedown
  • ANSYS Procedural Considerations for Plasticity
  • Hyperelasticity
  • Background on Physics of Rubber
  • Background on Hyperelastic Theory
  • Particular Forms of the Strain Energy Potential (18x Elements)
  • Considerations for HYPERxx Elements
  • Solving Hyperelasticity Models
  • Material Testing and Curve-Fitting
  • Creep
  • Phenomenological Aspects of Creep
  • Definition of Terms
  • General Creep Equation
  • Implicit Creep Procedure
  • Explicit Creep Procedure
  • ANSYS Solution Procedure for Creep Models
  • Comparison of Implicit vs. Explicit Creep
  • Viscoplasticity
  • Background on Viscoplasticity
  • RATE viscoplasticity option (Perzvna and Peirce)
  • ANAND viscoplasticity option (Anand’s model)
  • Solution Procedure for Viscoplastic Models

General Information

Seminars begin promptly at 9 a.m. and finish at approximately 5 p.m. each day. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. The seminar fee includes: course manuals, full color workshop manuals, & instruction. Coffee & donuts in the morning & lunch are provided for each student.  Students must make their own travel arrangements. CAE Associates recommends against purchasing non-refundable airline tickets. Please see our course cancellation policy for more details.