The ASME Special Working Group on Computational Modeling for Explicit Dynamics was founded in August 2008 for the purpose of creating a quantitative guidance document for the development of finite element models used to analyze energy-limited events using explicit dynamics software. This document will be referenced in the ASME Code Section III, Division 3 and the next revision of NRC Regulatory Guide 7.6 as a means by which the quality of a finite element model may be judged. One portion of the document will be devoted to a series of convergence studies that demonstrates the effect of hourglass control settings on solution convergence for reduced integration elements. These convergence studies will demonstrate the importance of selecting an appropriate hourglass control setting to achieve accurate results for large deformation simulations using reduced integration elements.

In this paper, the authors present the results of a convergence study for an impulsively loaded propped cantilever beam constructed of LS-DYNA reduced integration hexahedral elements using different hourglass control settings. A large load is applied to produce large deformations and large plastic strains in the beam.

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