Does anyone know of a way, even if it is digging into the text output and locating node or element numbers, to find out where a nonlinear material run is struggling to converge? The Newton-Raphson residuals plots in ANSYS are nice for this type of troubleshooting.
Off the top of my head, you should be able to run the analysis as a "MPA" and then plot the p-level each edge was solved at to see where the higher orders were needed to get to that solved "P-Level order state". This would indicate trouble locations.
thanks for confirming...that was my risk in providing the "off the top of my head" reply - I couldn't remember if elastoplastic could be run in MPA without checking directly.