How to Upgrade Your Numerical Material Model to Get Accurate Prediction When You Shift From Metal to Plastic Material
How to Upgrade Your Numerical Material Model to Get Accurate Prediction When You Shift From Metal to Plastic Material

8 March 2017—11:00 AM Eastern time (17:00 Paris time)

Dr. Bernard Alsteens
Customer Services

Dr. Bernard Alsteens joined e-Xstream engineering  as a support engineer in 2007 and progressed to the position of Customer Services Manager since 2011.

He has global responsibility for the technical support functions for all Digimat customers.  His role also includes training management and he also participates to the quality assurance of the Digimat software.

Prior to joining e-Xstream, Bernard worked for LMS International in the Virtual.Lab group (vibration and acoustic simulation) during 2.5 years.  He holds an MSC in Mechanical engineering from the University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium). Afterwards he undertook a PhD on Mathematical modeling and simulation of dispersive mixing of carbon black agglomerate in rubber at University of Louvain (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium). 


Every day we come into contact with many manufactured objects that are essential to modern life: the vehicles that we travel in, the clothes that we wear, the consumer goods we use at home and in the office, the sport and leisure equipment we use, the computers and phones that our lives got dependent on, and the medical technology that keeps us alive. Everything we see and use is made from materials derived from the earth: metals, polymers, ceramics, semiconductors and composites. To develop the new products and technologies that will make our lives safer, more convenient, more enjoyable and more sustainable we must understand how to make best use of the materials we already have, and how to develop new materials that will meet the demands of the future. And while numerical modeling is the heart of a wide variety of material and product developments today, it becomes essential to get familiar with the existing material models and their fields of application.


This course will teach you the specifics of a large variety of material models and will highlight where they are best used and for which targeted performances. This course will go from the most basic material to the state-of-the-art models to model homogeneous and heterogeneous materials. You will not only familiarize yourself with those models and how to work with them, but this session will also help you enhance the accuracy of your finite element analyses.  Finally, the calibration of material models will also be discussed over the course of the class.