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Getting started with LS-DYNA

LS-DYNA is used to solve multi-physics problems including solid mechanics, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics either as separate phenomena or as coupled physics, e.g., thermal stress or fluid structure interaction. This manual presents very simple examples to be used as templates (or recipes). This manual should be used side-by-side with the LS-DYNA Keyword User s Manual . The keyword input provides a flexible and logically organized database. Similar functions are grouped together under the same keyword. For example, under the keyword, *ELEMENT, are included solid, beam, and shell elements. The keywords can be entered in an arbitrary order in the input file. However, for clarity in this manual, we will conform to the following general block structure and enter the appropriate keywords in each block. 1. define solution control and output parameters 2. define model geometry and material parameters 3. define boundary conditions