LS-OPT - Optimization

Course description

This course 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 course 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.

Course outline

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

Dates Registration Calendar Duration/days Location Referee Fee Language
22.05.2017   2 Linköping
D. Aspenberg
8000,- SEK english
12.09.2017 Register   2 Gothenburg
D. Aspenberg
8000,- SEK english