Andreas Koutras
Ansys Employee

There are various ways to apply load that are described in the LS-DYNA Manual Vol I. The commonly used keywords are:

*LOAD_NODE (applies load at nodes)

*LOAD_BODY (applies body loads, such as weight due to the acceleration of gravity)

*LOAD_SEGMENT (applies distributed load over a surface defined by segments)

*LOAD_RIGID_BODY (applies load at the center of mass of a rigid body)