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2019-05-02 - Finite Element Modeling of Solid Polymers (Part 1)

Finite Element Modeling of Solid Polymers
(Part 1)

Two-Day, Online Training Class

This two-day, web-based course covers a review of polymer mechanics theory, techniques and tools for experimentally characterizing polymers, and hands-on training on how to perform accurate finite element simulations of polymer components.

This is the original training class that we have been giving for a number of years. It provides a great introduction to a large number of topics.

Thursday, May 2, 2019 11am-2pm
Web-based Course
Offline Workshop Support
Friday, May 3, 2019 11am-2pm
Web-based Course
Offline Workshop Support

(*EDT - Eastern Daylight Time)

Course Instructor

Jorgen S. Bergstrom, Ph.D.

Principal Engineer

Learn More

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 some experience running a finite element program. The material models presented in class are available for both Abaqus and ANSYS, and the course is applicable to all finite element codes.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Design a relevant experimental test program for a new polymer material.
  • Know the strengths and weaknesses of various material models, and be able to select an appropriate material model for finite element simulations.
  • Use experimental data to calibrate the selected material model.

Course Outline

  • Review of polymer mechanics
  • Modern mechanical testing techniques for polymers
  • Elasticity/hyperelasticity: review of hyperelastic models
  • Review of viscoelasticity theory: strengths and limitations of linear viscoelasticity
  • Review of metal plasticity theory: strengths and limitations of metal plasticity models
  • User-material models in Abaqus and ANSYS, including advanced viscoplastic constitutive models incorporating rate and temperature dependence
  • State variable models
  • Advanced finite element simulations of different classes of polymers
  • Material parameter extraction techniques using MCalibration and the PolyUMod library of user material models.
  • 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, 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.

    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."
  • Registration

    To register for the May 2 & 3, 2019 Finite Element Modeling of Polymers web-based course:

    Use our secure online registration form (see below) or print out this page and submit by one of the following:
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    Fax to: 781.433.0933
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    Veryst Engineering
    47A Kearney Road
    Needham, MA 02494

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

    Deadline for registration is: Monday, April 22, 2019. Registration after this date will incur a late registration fee of $400.

    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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