Fall Program: Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Essentials

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    10 Credits
    Starts October 20
    Virtual Program

    Format: Virtual Instructor-led

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    Course Objective

    "To provide a solid understanding of the different engineering concepts and challenges involved with applying FEA to solve engineering challenges." 

    Starts October 20
    4 week program

    Instructor-led Training
    Live + Self-study

    Remote learning
    100% online program

    Digital Personal Certificate

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    About the course


       October 21

        6 weeks

       13 modules

        5 hrs/wk


        Limited seats


    Learning Finite Element Analysis can be challenging and many learning resources focus solemnly on the theoretical backgrounds or on software use. But very important when applying FEA to solve engineering challenges is to have a good understanding of the concepts and design choices involved.

    This course teaches you the different approaches used in FEA and the engineering judgment required to properly design models, analyze problems and interpret results. It will help you to understand basic engineering concepts, develop your engineering judgment and gain essential FEA skills. Topics include stress definitions, model preparation, connection rigidity, boundary conditions discussions, realistic load application, meshing, analysis, and post-processing.

    This course does not focus on the use of one particular set of software, rather it discusses FEA considerations generic for all software. Demonstrations and examples are given using Femap with NX Nastran.

    The course consists of 8 online, self-study modules and 5 cases combined with 4 online live sessions with the instructor. All training content is provided through your EngineeringTrainer account.

    After the course you maintain 1-year unlimited access to the course and the discussions forum. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh the knowledge for your projects.

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    Meet your instructors

    Łukasz Skotny, Ph.D.

    Owner & Lead Designer of Enterfea

    Finite Element Analysis

    the 6-week Program

    1. Instructor & student introductions

    2. Course details & schedule

    3. Using the Course Forum

    4. Certificate requirements

    5. Learning objectives

    6. Q&A

    1. What is FEA for?

    2. What does FEA do?

    3. How to define a problem?

    4. What is important in FEA

    5. Consistent unit system

    6. Conclusion

    1. What is stress?

    2. Normal Stress and Shear Stress

    3. Stress in 3D

    4. Equivalent Stress

    5. Hooke's Law

    6. Structural Rigidity

    7. Stress Concentrations

    8. Active forces and reaction forces balance

    9. Rigid Body Motion

    10. Conclusion

    1. Importing CAD geometry

    2. Creating geometry in preprocessor

    3. Benefits of simplifying the geometry

    4. Model Symmetry

    5. How to define symmetry in FEA

    6. Small details spoilmesh

    7. How to connect beams to shells and beams/shells to solid

    8. Rigid, semi-rigid and hinged connections in beam models

    9. How to check if a connection is a hinge

    10. How to calculate connection rigidity

    11. Linear material properties

    12. When linear material is not enough

    13. Conclusion

    1. Steel plate under tension

    2. Geometry

    3. Material properties

    4. Boundary conditions

    5. Loads

    6. Meshing

    7. Analysis

    8. Post processing

    9. Conclusion

    1. Rigidity of supports

    2. Realistic boundary conditions

    3. Why pinned supports can be rigid!?

    4. How to make an area support

    5. What can and cannot be simplified

    6. Boundary conditions and Hooke’s law

    7. Linear contact – the basics

    8. How to define linear contact

    9. When it is possible to ignore contact?

    10. Typical solutions for contact and BC

    11. Example 1: Cantilever

    12. Example 2: Bolted connection

    13. Example 3: Beam on area support

    14. Example 4: Different rigidity supports

    15. Conclusion

    1. Bolted Cantilever

    2. Geometry

    3. Material properties

    4. Boundary conditions

    5. Loads

    6. Meshing

    7. Analysis

    8. Post-processing

    9. Conclusion

    1. Summary Lecture

    2. Discussing questions from Course Forum

    3. General Q&A

    1. Realistic load values and codes

    2. Characteristic and design loads

    3. Point loads and reality

    4. Force vs Moment

    5. Gravity vs Pressure

    6. Enforced deformations as load

    7. Realistic load distribution

    8. Load distribution: Part 1

    9. Load distribution: Part 2

    10. Load distribution: Part 3

    11. Module 5: Conclusion

    1. Solid Bracket

    2. Geometry

    3. Material properties

    4. Meshing

    5. BC and contact

    6. Loads

    7. Analysis

    8. Post-processing

    9. Conclusion

    1. Basic elements types

    2. Beam Elements

    3. Plate Elements

    4. Solid Elements

    5. Choosing element type

    6. Higher-order elements

    7. TRI vs QUAD

    8. TET vs HEX

    9. Model Simplifications

    10. RBE – Rigid Body Elements

    11. Plane Strain Elements

    12. Mesh Refinement

    13. Mesh Refinement: Case Study

    14. Mesh Refinement: Challenge 1

    15. Mesh Refinement: Challenge 2

    16. Mesh and Mathematics (M&M!)

    17. Mesh Quality Measures

    18. Module 6: Conclusion

    1. Roof rafter stability

    2. Introduction: Stability design

    3. Introduction: LBA

    4. Introduction: LBA settings

    5. Geometry

    6. Supports / Loads / Mesh

    7. Initial stability conclusions

    8. Critical bending moment calculation

    9. Critical bending moment in desing

    10. Bracing influence on stability

    11. Developing model further: Part 1

    12. Developing model further: Part 2

    13. Verifying assumptions about bracings

    1. Summary Lecture

    2. Discussing questions from Course Forum

    3. General Q&A

    1. Linear Analysis Setup

    2. Solver vs Pre/Postprocessor

    3. Linear Static Limitations

    4. What does nonlinear material do?

    5. What does nonlinear geometry do?

    6. Contact

    7. Beyond Linear Static

    8. When it is safe to use linear static

    9. Model Checking

    10. Troubleshooting

    11. Module 7: Conclusion

    1. Business advice first!

    2. Stress/Strain/Displacement

    3. The Stress Map!

    4. Stress averaging

    5. Issues with stability

    6. Dealing with stresses higher than yield

    7. Strain as a measure of capacity

    8. Deformations

    9. Beams in FEA

    10. Result verification

    11. Verification with hand calculations!

    12. Business side of the report

    13. Technical side of the report

    14. Module 8: Conclusion

    1. Street Lamp

    2. Geometry

    3. Geometry: Base: Part 1

    4. Geometry: Base: Part 2

    5. Geometry: Post: Part 1

    6. Geometry: Post: Part 2

    7. Geometry: The top part

    8. Materials + Properties

    9. Meshing

    10. Meshing: Base plate

    11. Meshing: Base plate: Bonus video

    12. Meshing: Lamp post

    13. Meshing: Top piece

    14. Loads: Wind load according to EN 1991-1-4

    15. Loads: Loading the model

    16. Boundary conditions

    17. BC: Avoid contact with line supports

    18. BC: Dealing with stress concentrations

    19. BC: Defining contact

    20. Analysis

    21. Post processing: Deformations

    22. Post processing: Stress

    23. Post processing: Stability

    24. Post processing: Summary

    1. Summary Lecture

    2. Discussing questions from Course Forum

    3. General Q&A

    1. Congratulations

    2. Course evaluation survey

    3. Your Personal Certificate

    4. Rate this course

    5. Related resources & follow up


    After this course, you... 

    • have a fundamental understanding of the important concepts involved with FEA,

    • have improved your engineering judgement related to FEA,

    • know the different considerations to make for preparation of your models,

    • understand how best to implement Boundary Conditions and Loads,

    • know the different element types and how they impact your meshing,

    • know the limitations of different analysis types,

    • and understand typical post-processing steps,

    • have seen 5 fully explained practical examples with video guides and solved with different approaches.

    Who should attend this course

    • Professionals of various industries involved with the execution of FEA projects, 

    • Those managing or overseeing FEA related work that need to be able to provide judgement about the assumptions and choices made.


    • Technical background is required,

    • Basic experience with Finite Element Method software is beneficial.

    Level: Intermediate

    Access to the course
    After your purchase is confirmed you will see the course in your EngineeringTrainer.com dashboard. Here you find the course welcome chapter and instructions on how to join the live sessions.

    Drip Schedule
    The relevant items of the course, including the links for the live sessions, are provided through a drip schedule, meaning that modules will become available step-by-step as the course progresses. Some weeks include self-paced learning modules, others both self-paced as live events as per the program.

    The course utilizes pre-recorded lectures and self-study exercises, combined with live Q&A's and discussions. Live events are provided through MS Teams for which links are distributed from your course dashboard. Note that no downloadable manual is provided in this course as it is completely provided through our interactive portal.

    You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh knowledge for your work projects.

    Dates & Schedule

    Course start date: Thursday, July 21

    Week 1Kick-off (0.5 hr)Thursday, October 20, 9am CEST (convert time-zone)

    Module 1 available in portal
    Module 2 available in portal
    Module 3 available in portal
    Case 1 released
    Thursday, October 20
    Week 2Module 4 available in portal
    Case 2 released
    Thursday, Ocotber 27

    Session A (1 hr)
    Thursday, November 3, 9am CEST (convert time-zone)
    Week 3Module 5 available in portal
    Case 3 released
    Thursday, November 3
    Week 4Module 6 available in portal
    Case 4 released
    Thursday, November 10

    Session B (1 hr)
    Thursday, November 17, 9am CEST (convert time-zone)
    Week 5Module 7 available in portal
    Module 8 available in portal
    Thursday, November 17

    Week 6Case 5 released
    Thursday, November 24

    Session C 1 (hr)
    Thursday, December 1, 9am CEST (convert time-zone)

    After the course you receive 1-year unlimited access to all course material including recordings of the live sessions. This allows you to watch recording of lectures again whenever you need to refresh knowledge for your daily work projects.

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                • Video lectures,

                • Text providing detailed explanations,

                • Example cases,

                • Instructor-led live sessions with lectures, group discussions, exercises and Q&A's,

                • Discussion forum with other participants & instructor.

                The training videos and content are not available for download.

                You receive 12-months unlimited access to the course. This allows you to watch content again if this is beneficial for your work projects.

                Yes, live sessions are included in this course that allow you to interact with the instructor and ask questions. Additionally, questions can be submitted in the learning portal by the participants which are addressed in the live sessions.

                No software is required for participants of this course.

                Self-study Modules

                If your computer and internet connection are able to play videos online and have MS Teams calls you will be able to follow the course. Note that almost all browsers are supported, except for Internet Explorer.

                Live sessions

                Live events are provided by means of Microsoft Teams. Hence it required to have an MS Teams account. Additionally, a webcam and microphone are mandatory for the live events. Separate earplugs are recommended as to avoid sound echo.

                Yes, this course qualifies for PDH hours as per the NCEES CPC Guidelines.

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