Automotive Crashworthiness & Occupant Safety

LS-DYNA is widely used by the automotive industry to analyze vehicle designs. LS-DYNA accurately predicts a car's behavior in a collision and the effects of the collision upon the car's occupants. With LS-DYNA, automotive companies and their suppliers can test car designs without having to tool or experimentally test a prototype, thus saving time and expense.

Specialized automotive features include:

  • Seatbelts
  • Slip rings
  • Pretensioners
  • Retractors
  • Sensors
  • Accelerometers
  • Airbags
  • Hybrid III dummy models
  • Inflator models

Metal Forming

One of LS-DYNA's most widely used applications is sheetmetal forming. LS-DYNA accurately predicts the stresses and deformations experienced by the metal, and determines if the metal will fail. LS-DYNA supports adaptive remeshing and will refine the mesh during the analysis, as necessary, to increase accuracy and save time.

Metal forming applications include:

  • Metal stamping
  • Hydroforming
  • Forging
  • Deep drawing
  • Multi-stage processes


LS-DYNA is widely used by the aerospace industry to simulate bird strike, jet engine blade containment, and structural failure.

Aerospace applications include:

  • Blade containment
  • Bird strike (windshield, and engine blade)
  • Failure analysis


Pursuing its objective of solving coupled multiphysics problem, LS-DYNA R7 includes three new solvers :

  • Incompressible CFD
  • Electromagnetics
  • CESE/ Compressible CFD and Chemistry

Thus opening a wide range of new applications. In order to learn more and for access to documentation (Click here).


Other applications include:

  • Drop testing
  • Can and shipping container design
  • Electronic component design
  • Glass forming
  • Plastics, mold, and blow forming
  • Biomechanics (heart valves)
  • Metal cutting
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Failure analysis
  • Sports equipment (golf clubs, golf balls, baseball bats, helmets)
  • Civil engineering (offshore platforms, pavement design)