Failure Predictions

Failure Predictions of Rubbers and Thermoplastics Using FEA 2019

Two-Day, Online Training Class

Predicting failure of different polymers can be difficult due to material nonlinearities and sensitivity to the load environment. In this class we will discuss different techniques that can be used to predict both brittle and ductile failure, including fatigue, of different types of polymers.


11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Web-based Course
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Offline Workshop Support
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Web-based Course
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Offline Workshop Support
EST - Eastern Standard Time

Course Instructor

Dr. Bergstrom is a Principal Engineer at Veryst Engineering, LLC, and consults primarily in the modeling, testing, and failure analysis of mechanical behavior of polymer materials.  He is the author of Mechanics of Solid Polymers: Theory and Computational Modeling, a comprehensive book that explains how solid polymers behave, how they can be experimentally characterized, and how to predict their behavior in different load environments.

Dr. Bergstrom received his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in the area of computational polymer mechanics, and has lectured in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at M.I.T. 


The training class is intended for people with experience running finite element simulations of different polymers (rubbers, thermoplastics, thermosets, biomaterials, etc).  It is recommended, but not necessary, to have taken one of our introductory polymer modeling classes [Finite Element Modeling of Solid Polymers (Part 1) or Experimental Testing of Solid Polymers for Finite Element Modeling].

Learning Objectives

By the end of the class you will be able to:

  • know the most common failure modes of engineering polymers
  • know how to characterize experimentally the failure behavior of a polymer
  • calibrate and run both simple and more advanced failure models within an FE simulation

Course Outline

  • Experimental testing techniques for failure characterization
  • Review of theory for fatigue, ductile failure, and brittle failure
  • Techniques for incorporating failure behavior into an FE simulation

Previous Attendees had this to Say...

  • “I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge on topics which would normally be taught in a semester-long course.”
  • “Very valuable for design engineers running FEA on thermoplastics and elastomers.”
  • “Gained a good overall introduction to the mechanics of polymers.”
  • “I would highly recommend this class to my students.”
  • “Will/has helped us revisit legacy material modeling and material testing.”

Course Materials

Veryst will provide a free one-month license to the MCalibration software and the PolyUMod Library of user-material models to all class registrants who do not have an active software license.  It is not necessary to have Abaqus, ANSYS, COMSOL Multiphysics, LS-DYNA, or MSC.Marc installed for the class.  Training class notes will be provided in .pdf format.  Notes are for personal use and may be printed, but cannot be modified, shared, or redistributed.


To register for the November 14-15, 2019 Failure Predictions of Rubbers and Thermoplastics Using FEA 2019 web-based course:

Use our secure online registration form (see below) or print out this page and submit by one of the following:

Scan and email to:
Fax to: 781.433.0933
Mail to:

  • Seminars
  • Veryst Engineering
  • 47 Kearney Road
  • Needham, MA 02492

The fee for this two-day course is $700.

Deadline for registration is: Thursday, October 31, 2019.
Registration after this date will incur a late registration fee of $400.00.

Cancellation Policy

Veryst reserves the right to reject registrations and to cancel a training class based on class size.  A full refund will be made if a class is canceled.  If a participant cancels a registration more than 5 days before the class then an 80% refund will be given.  There is no refund for cancellations during the last 5 days before the class.

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