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LS-OPT - Optimization & Robustness

Course description

This seminar gives an introduction to the optimization software LS-OPT, which is available to all LS-DYNA users for free. Both optimization theory and applications are covered. A significant time of the seminar is spent on hands on training with the software and how to use it together with LS-DYNA. LS-OPT is designed to be used with essentially any analysis software.

Who is it for

Engineers that would like to learn how to do optimization, multi-objective optimization, parameter identification, stochastic analysis etc. using LS-OPT and LS-DYNA. LS-DYNA will be used as the analysis solver and therefore attendees need to have at least a basic knowledge of LS-DYNA and LS-PrePost.

Seminar outline

The seminar is divided into two parts. The first part serves as an introduction to LS-OPT and performing optimizations. The second part handles uncertainties, i.e. how to perform robustness studies and robust parameter design optimization.

Introduction and Optimization (2 days)

LS-OPT is an independent, comprehensive optimization program from LSTC. It is ideal for solving strongly non-linear optimization problems and is thus highly suitable for use in combination with LS-DYNA. However, LS-OPT can also be combined with any other solver. LS-OPT functions on the basis of a special, highly effective response surface method. The program also includes stochastic methods for assessing the robustness of FE models and illustrating dependencies between optimization variables and desired values. Input from the user is supported by a comfortable graphical user interface.


The seminar gives an introduction to the program LS-OPT. General theory aspects of the Response Surface Method are discussed and the possibilities of applying this method in LS-OPT are especially explained. In particular, the application of LS-OPT in combination with non-linear FE solvers will be discussed in more detail. Seminar participants will be given the chance to implement their newly-gained knowledge by working on practice examples.


  • Overview of optimization methods for strongly non-linear problems
  • Formulation of an optimality problem (objective function, constraints, design variables, etc.)
  • DOE (Design of Experiments)
  • Theory of the Response Surface Method (RSM)
  • LS-OPT graphical user interface
  • Interpretation of approximation errors
  • Multidisciplinary Optimization (MDO)
  • Sensitivity analysis (ANOVA, Sobol)
  • Visualization of optimization results in LS-OPT
  • Application examples

Robust Design (1 day)

In recent years, methods for stochastic analysis and assessing the robustness of FE models have been implemented in LS-OPT. These features allow answering questions such as:

  • What is the probability of a specific failure limit being exceeded?
  • Is my solution robust or does a minor alteration to my input variables lead to a completely different result?
  • Is the dependence between input variables and the answer (solution) chaotic or predictable?
  • How great is the correlation between variables and answers or between answers and answers?

 The aim of this course is to give participants a comprehensive overview of the practical application of stochastic methods and robustness analysis using LS-OPT. Additionally, basic knowledge of statistics and probability will be given and the methods implemented in LS-OPT are discussed.

To attend the module “Robust Design”, prior attendance at the module “Introduction and Optimization” is recommended.

Dates Duration/days Calendar Registration Referee Language Location Fee
06.03.2024, 09:00 - 17:00 2 days Add to calendar David Aspenberg English, Swedish Linköping 8000 SEK
18.09.2024, 09:00 - 17:00 2 days Add to calendar David Aspenberg English, Swedish Gothenburg 8000 SEK


David Aspenberg

David Aspenberg