Finite Element Analysis (FEA) Essentials

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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." 

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    About the course


       8 modules

       24.5 hrs


       1-yr access


    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 modules based on video and text content. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course and the discussions forum. This allows you to perform modules again when you need to refresh knowledge for your work projects.

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    Meet your instructors

    Łukasz Skotny, Ph.D.

    Owner & Lead Designer of Enterfea

    Finite Element Analysis

    Program & Details

    1. Welcome & Your Instructor

    2. Content Overview

    3. How to use this course

    4. Questions Forum

    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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Steel plate under tension

    2. Geometry

    3. Material properties

    4. Boundary conditions

    5. Loads

    6. Meshing

    7. Analysis

    8. Post processing

    9. Conclusion

    1. Bolted Cantilever

    2. Geometry

    3. Material properties

    4. Boundary conditions

    5. Loads

    6. Meshing

    7. Analysis

    8. Post-processing

    9. 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. 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. 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.  Course evaluation survey

    2. Your Personal Certificate

    3. Related resources

    4. Rate this course


    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 receive an account to the EngineeringTrainer online learning portal, where you find the course in your dashboard. After opening the course you will be guided step-by-step through the different modules. You receive 1-year unlimited access to the course. This allows you to perform modules again if this is beneficial for your work projects.

    Learn by doing.
    The course is mainly based on video lectures. Videos can be viewed as many times as desired. The video lectures help you to grasp the important technical concepts and related actions and considerations are discussed in detail.

    This course is self-paced and is not subject to specific dates. The course contains 8 modules with a total of 24.5 hours of content which can be performed at your own pace. A Personal Certificate will be provided to you if you finish the course within the first month after purchase. This incentive will motivate you to perform the course quickly thereby improving your learning curve.

    You receive 1-year unlimited access to all 8 modules. This allows you to perform modules again whenever you want to refresh knowledge for your daily work projects.

    Participants of this course receive a personal digital certificate if they meet the following requirements:

    • complete each module of the course,

    • filling in the Course Evaluation Survey.

    Example Certificate:

    Example Certificate of Completion


    • Video lectures

    • Video demonstrations

    • Explanatory texts & images

    • Discussions forum with other participants & instructor

    No. The majority of training material are videos. These are not available for download, but can be accessed directly with your account on the 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.

    We encourage participants to submit feedback and questions in the Discussions Forum of the course. These are either answered directly in the forum or form the basis for new videos that are added to the online course on a regular basis.

    Participants receive 1-year unlimited access to the course including new videos that are added during this year. Participants receive an email notification upon addition of new course videos.

    Examples are provided using Femap with Nastran NX. However, they can be performed by you in any FEM software of your preference.

    A free 30-day Femap trial can be downloaded here, which allows you to use the same software as the instructor.

    If your computer and internet connection is able to play videos online (YouTube) you will be able to follow the course. Note that almost all browsers are supported, except for Internet Explorer.

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