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Training & Workshops

We understand the importance of training and professional development to you and your organization; therefore, we have decided to offer all CAASE18 attendees with a variety of training short-courses over the 3-day program, at no additional cost. Conference attendees will have an opportunity to register for these courses in advance (capacity is limited; courses subject to change). 

Below, you will find two lists: 1) NAFEMS Training Courses and 2) Community Training & Workshops (which were submitted during the call for abstracts and subsequently approved). 

NAFEMS Training Courses

With nearly 20 hours of free NAFEMS accredited training courses available at CAASE18, be sure to make a dent in your professional development hours (PDH)? We will provide a certificate of completion for each course completed!  

CFD for Structural Designers and Analysts

Structural engineers often need to resort to more sophisticated thermal fluid simulations to obtain boundary conditions, loading, performance, etc. for their designs and analyses. This course aims to introduce the essential principles of fluid dynamics, important flow phenomena, and basics of CFD process to structural engineers for their multidisciplinary problems. Adapted from a NAFEMS e-learning course, CFD for Structural Designers and Analysts, this condensed version provides a brief overview on important concepts and principles of fluid dynamics, CFD, turbulence, and heat transfer relevant to structural analyses will be discussed through simple examples and case studies.

Composite FEA 

Due to the nature of the composite, the stress components can include many more terms than a conventional metallic material, for example. Whatever the nature of the challenge, the objective of this course is to break down the composite analysis process into clearly defined steps, give an overview of the physics involved and show how to successfully implement practical solutions using Finite Element Analysis. 

Dynamic FEA

Based on the highly successful Basic and Advanced Dynamic FE Analysis e-learning courses, this combined short course will examine the breaking down of the dynamic problem into clearly defined steps. 

Elements of Turbulence Modeling

Successful application of turbulence modeling requires engineering judgment depending on physics of the flow, accuracy, project requirements, turnaround time, and available computational resources. This course is focused on understanding turbulence, need for turbulence modeling, and various modeling approaches. Adapted from a NAFEMS e-learning course, Elements of Turbulence Modeling, this condensed version briefly covers topics such as turbulent flow characteristics, eddies in turbulent flows, turbulence production, energy cascade, scales in turbulent flows, simulation strategies, principles of turbulence modeling, wall effects and choosing a model.

Fatigue & Fracture Mechanics in FEA 

The objective of this course is to break down the fatigue analysis process into clearly defined steps, give an overview of the physics involved and show how to successfully implement practical solutions using Finite Element Analysis. 

Nonlinear FEA

Many problems facing designers and engineers are nonlinear in nature. The response of a structure cannot be simply assessed using linear assumptions. Nonlinear behavior can take many forms and can be bewildering to the newcomer. All physical systems in the real world are inherently nonlinear in nature.One of the most difficult tasks facing an engineer is to decide whether a nonlinear analysis is really needed and if so what degree of nonlinearity should be applied. This short-course will examine these issues, and look at the best ways of dealing with these problems.

Structural Optimization in FEA 

This short over-view course is a condensed version of the standard NAFEMS training course on the topic. The objective of this course is to show you a broad overview of the range of FEA based tools available and what the methods and specializations of each encompass. Plentiful hints and tips will demonstrate powerful ways to use these methods. The goal is to achieve meaningful structural optimization in support of the most effective products. 

Practical Introduction to CFD

This course provides a view into practical application of CFD in real life applications and the challenges faced due to presence of turbulence, heat transfer, phase changes, and movement of boundaries. Adapted from a NAFEMS e-learning introductory CFD course, this condensed version briefly describes the steps in the CFD process and provides benefits and issues for using CFD analysis in understanding of complicated flow phenomena and its use in the design process. Through a simple and moderately technical approach, this course covers topics such as the role of CFD, basic formulation, governing equations and use of model equations, steps in CFD process, need for turbulence modeling, and CFD best practices.

Practical Modeling of Joint and Connections

Most structures involve some form of jointing or connection.Traditional fabricated structures have used many thousands of bolts and rivets to connect components together in a continuous manner; in the case of ships and aircraft, the total can run into millions. The objective of this course is to review the various connection and joint technologies in use and give an overview of the physics involved and show how to successfully implement practical solutions. 

Community Training & Workshop Sessions

The listing below represents training or workshop sessions being offered by members in the NAFEMS community. These are not developed by NAFEMS and not directly endorsed by NAFEMS in any way. 

Additive Manufacturing Process Simulation Total Workflow

Metal Additive Manufacturing is taking a front seat in the race for new manufacturing methods, but a total workflow that provides a positive and efficient outcome has not been fully utilized.  There are many companies that have purchased over $1M of equipment that still is not able to generate enough return to even cover the feedstock material costs.  This workshop will focus on tools currently available to take designers, engineers, scientists, and machine operators through an interactive demonstration of Design to Print AM workflow software that will result in users knowing how to gain ROI on their metal AM investments.

Workshop Requirements: Participants should have a wi-fi enabled PC (laptop) that can access the internet to be used during the workshop. Free trial licenses may be requested by email to at least 1 week prior (before Tuesday, May 29th) to this workshop for users desiring to work along with workshop leaders in a process simulation demonstration.  Access credentials will be distributed prior to or at the workshop.  Attendees who do not request a trial before the cutoff are still encouraged to attend and get a very interactive presentation of the most scientifically complete Design to Print AM workflow available. 

ASSESS Initiative: Collaborating with NAFEMS to Enable the Simulation Revolution

The recognition of engineering simulation as a key to competitiveness is going to dramatically increase the demand for simulation and force a Simulation Revolution to occur.  The ASSESS (Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Strategies)  Initiative was formed to bring together key players for guiding and influencing the software strategies with a primary goal to facilitate this revolution of enablement.  The objective of this course is to review the drivers behind the Simulation Revolution and the ASSESS Initiative efforts including its collaboration with NAFEMS.

Catapulting Through Simulation Uncertainty with Model Calibration

As simulation models increase in complexity, so does our inability to understand the impact uncertainties have on the simulation results.  It is possible for simulations to find better agreement with reality by calibrating the simulation model to physical data.  Statistical calibration tunes the model to be as realistic as possible and quantifies the uncertainty in the simulation model. This tutorial will use a catapult to sequentially walk through the model calibration process and determine the model form uncertainty.

Cloud HPC Demystified: Best Practices of Executing and Managing Simulation Workloads on the Cloud

High performance computing on the cloud offers a variety of advantages to simulation engineers. However, transitioning the right workflows to the cloud can often be difficult to select, implement and manage. This 90 minute workshop will cover how to overcome these challenges and answer practical questions such as "Which of my simulation workflows are most suitable for cloud computing?”, “How do I address file management issues with the cloud?” and "How should I best administer cloud HPC resources for simulation groups?"

Democratizing Engineering Models - Part 1

The return on investment of simulation and modeling can be limited by the fact that most tools require the users of a model to have a similar level of expertise as those who authored the model. One approach to this is “appification” - the creation of custom apps suitable for use by non-experts, which drive underlying template models. During this hands-on workshop, attendees will use a commercially available low-code application development platform to: transform a simple spreadsheet used for engineering calculations into a collaborative web app; build a fit-for-purpose web app and connect it to a MATLAB model; and modernize a legacy structural analysis program with an intuitive web-based GUI.”

Workshop Requirements: Participants should have a PC with functioning WiFi and browser installed. Free trial licenses for this workshop may be requested by email to by Friday, June 1st  for users desiring to work along with workshop leaders in a custom app building demonstration.  Access credentials will be distributed prior to or at the workshop.  Participants will also need admin privileges to install a browser add-in, which can be downloaded at . To install, right-click on the installer executable and select ‘run as administrator’. Contact if you need help with the installation.

Democratizing Engineering Models – Part 2:  Evaluating 3-D CAD Designs

In Part 2 of the Democratizing Engineering Models Series, workshop participants are introduced to techniques and platforms to rapidly templatize complex 3-D simulation processes, starting with 3-D CAD representations of a design. Participants will learn how to create templates, what makes templates robust across an entire product family,  and how these templates can be driven by web-deployed Simulation Apps or SimApps. In the workshop conclusion, participants will access a library of SimApps to get hands-on experience with them, demonstrating how simple it can be to access complex assembly simulations that use various CAD and CAE tools to evaluate a design.

Note: Participants should have a PC with functioning WiFi and browser installed.

FMI-Based Collaborative Workflows

The Functional-Mockup-Interface (FMI) makes sharing models with co-workers working in different disciplines simple. We will put together a system level model of an electric aircraft from prepared Multiphysics submodels from different disciplines. The submodels, called FMUs, will be assembled and again embedded in an FMU, using the FMI standard in a hierarchical way. The system level model can then again be shared as easily as each of its components. The course will also introduce numerical issues and best practices for structuring models for successful co-simulation. The top-level model can be executed in Microsoft Excel via a plugin provided to participants. 

Workshop Requirements: Laptop computer with Windows 7 or 10, at least 4 GB and preferably 8 GB of RAM, Microsoft Excel versions 2007, 2010, 2013 or 2016, each in either 32 or 64 bit, and administrative rights to install new software. The installer will install the necessary runtime features for FMI execution in addition to the Excel plugin. Participants will need to contact Hubertus Tummescheit before May 29th to receive download and installation instructions.

How to Improve Battery Performance by Digitally Optimizing the Microstructure of the Electrodes

Improving battery materials is a challenging proposition. The desired properties of the battery are not independent and sometimes even conflicting, such as a fast charging capability and a high capacity.In this workshop, we will use the simulation software GeoDict to link the representative volume element of the electrode material to the macroscopic cell performance.In this way, alterations of the microstructure of the electrode material will be geared to improving the desired properties of the cell.

We will follow a workflow in GeoDict, that starts with a FIB-SEM scan of a cathode material to create a 3d-model of the material and continues with many alterations of the original model through slight variations of the microstructure, e.g. particle size distribution, to create several virtual twins. The performance of the virtual twins will be tested at the cell-level. Here, we will use an integration of the BEST software (Battery and Electrochemistry Simulation Tool) into GeoDict to determine characteristic properties of the cell, such as life-time, possible charge rates, etc. Based on the results, we will start an optimization loop for the microstructure using GeoDict’s Python interface (GeoPython). The workflow’s goal is to complete a digital design of the next generation cathode material.

Workshop Requirements: Participants should have a PC with an already installed version of the software GeoDict which is used for the workshop. The free trial licenses must be requested by email, before May 30th, to and will be distributed prior to the workshop.

How to use cdmHUB as a Cloud Collaboratory for Simulation-based Composites Design and Manufacturing

The cloud technology has transformed many aspects of our life. The objective of this training course is to demonstrate how cdmHUB leverages the cloud technology to form an online collaboratory for the composites researchers and engineers come together to enable the next generation composites innovation. In this course, we will provide hands-on training on making use of major functionalities of cdmHUB to facilitate collaboration in composites research and development. 

Introduction to Cloud Computing for Engineering Simulations with Hands-On Practice

This training course provides a pragmatic step-by-step introduction into cloud computing for CAE applications. While similar courses in the past often provided introductions mainly for advanced early adopters, this short course has been especially developed for the majority of engineers. Market analysts like Gartner and Hyperion/IDC say that now is the time to add the cloud as an additional computing tool to your in-house resources. Over the last two years, cloud computing for CAE has been greatly simplified, hurdles removed, and cost of using cloud resources successively reduced. The benefits for manufacturers of running CAE applications on clouds are widely acknowledged in the following ways: developing better quality products, achieving high return on your investment, reducing product failure early in design, and shorter time to market leading to increased competitiveness and innovation. Please bring your laptop to the course; we'll have a hands-on session where you can access a CAE application in the Microsoft Azure Cloud, through your laptop's browser, at your fingertips.

Introduction to Probabilistic Analysis and Uncertainty Quantification

Experienced practitioners who construct complex simulation models of critical systems know that replicating real-world performance is challenging due to uncertainties in found in simulation and physical tests. This course will discuss the types of uncertainties in the context of representing them with a design of experiments, constructing surrogate models and finally applying analytical methods to understand how sources of uncertainty impact replicating reality. This course will discuss the broad applications these probabilistic techniques have in analyzing numerous forms of engineering systems including Digital Thread/Digital Twins.

Material Simulation Based on Micro-Computed Tomography Data

That the key to the macroscopic material properties lies in the microstructure is particularly true for composite materials, with their complex and inhomogeneous microstructure leading to a distinct anisotropy. In this practical hands-on workshop, the attendees will follow a step-by-step introduction into the field of material simulations starting with μCT images, using a short fiber reinforced polymer as an example. After importing, processing, and segmenting the image, a mechanical simulation will be carried out to obtain the mechanical properties for a homogenized material description. Afterwards a digital twin of the short fiber structure will be modelled using previously determined geometric properties. The simulation results of the modelled- and the μCT scan-based structure will be compared. The exceptional capabilities and advantages of digital material modelling and simulation will be shown.

Workshop Requirements: Participants should have a PC with an already installed version of the software GeoDict which is used for the workshop. The free trial licenses must be requested by email, before May 30th, to and will be distributed prior to the workshop.

Moving Beyond CAD - 3D Image-Based Simulation of Real World Geometries

This educational session is aimed at those interested in learning the best practices of CT scanning, image reconstruction (as obtained from CT) and image-based meshing to generate the models they need for computational simulation in Finite Element (FE) tools.  We will discuss the use of CT-Scanners to generate high quality 3D image data of the scanned part.  Attendees will learn how to convert multiple segmented regions of the image data into multipart, watertight and analysis-ready FE models.  Finally, we will give an overview of how these FE meshes can be deployed and solved in simulations tools in Life Sciences, Materials, and Industrial applications.  We will also have several guest speakers from both academia and industry to give a brief overview of how this workflow is implemented with real-life examples.

Multiscale Modeling of Composite Structures Using Mechanics of Structure Genome

Mechanics of structure genome (MSG) is a revolutionary approach recently discovered for multiscale constitutive modeling of any structures featuring anisotropy and heterogeneity. This course not only covers the essential theoretical fundamentals of MSG including the concept of structure genome and the principle of minimum information loss, but also the companion software SwiftComp to solve typical problems in composite structures.  This training course features real computer exercises for attendees to obtain hands-on experiences. The computer exercises will be conducted through to handle possible scalability issue and incompatibility of software systems.

Next Generation Discrete Element Modeling: Introduction and Its Application

Recent advances in Discrete Element Method (DEM) technology have provided a powerful means to computationally optimize equipment and process design for a range of particle-based industries. This training session will focus on guiding current and prospective users into practical DEM usage. After a basic introduction to DEM, participants will engage in a step-by-step hands-on setting up of a practical case of pharmaceutical tablet coating involving geometry import, specifying material and process inputs and hardware selection. This will be followed by post-processing the simulation results which will highlight the tremendous benefits of improved insight using state of the art DEM.

Workshop requirements: Participants are expected to have a workstation in which Rocky 4 or higher is installed. Free trial licenses can be requested before May 29th by emailing:

Topology Optimization: Opportunities and Challenges

Topology Optimization (TO) is an exciting method for generating insightful and creative designs. Using TO, one can create optimal designs with minimal efforts. TO integrates mathematical and physical modeling with efficient numerical analysis to generate high-performance light-weight designs. However, designs generated through TO are often organic and geometrically complex. Fabricating these free-form designs through traditional manufacturing processes is often challenging, if not impossible. Fortunately, additive manufacturing doesn't have the same limitations, but poses its own set of challenges. How do you use topology optimization to maximize your design performance with all the real world constraints? Let us navigate this terrain together.

Towards a Digital Twin

Predictive maintenance (PdM) has been a crucial research topic in industries for decades, and industrial internet of things (IIoT) is expected to bring a breakthrough to the PdM techniques. However, continuous condition monitoring of "connected" industrial machineries or traditional machine learning on stored big data may not always be a practical solution to PdM with increasing concerns on security, bandwidth and connectivity. These concerns have been driving the use of edge analytics in combination with cloud solutions.  Another growing pattern in PdM world is the merge of simulation data with operation data for improved prediction accuracies as well as designing for improved PdM results.

The objective of this workshop is to discuss the possibility of simulation-driven innovations in PdM, more specifically "Digital Twin" for the product optimization and "Deep Learning" for the anomaly detection.  PoC of the proposed PdM technique will be presented with a demonstration apparatus

Uncertainty Quantification with Complex Data

Analyses of complex data streams using basic Uncertainty Quantification (UQ) methods do not always yield the results sought. The emergence of complex data from modern computer simulations has spawned new UQ methods for extracting meaningful information. Complex simulations can be time-consuming to run, have a temporal, functional, or transient response, contain calibration parameters, or involve inputs of aleatoric and epistemic uncertainties. This course discusses the challenges of complex data from such simulations and emerging technologies like Digital Thread – Digital Twin, the new UQ methods, and the results they yield.

What's Wrong with Simulation, What Happens if It's Not Fixed, and How to Fix It

Simulation has great potential – It can be the prime experimentation, verification and integration tool for components, sub-systems, systems and complete vehicles. It can be the fastest, cheapest and highest quality method for exploring the design space for the design’s current state and its derivatives. With sufficient confidence in the predictive results, engineering teams can use simulation alone in making design decisions – not needing any other methodology for validating their decisions. It can return to the parent organization monetary benefits of an ROI of 10 or greater. It can result in the reduction or elimination of physical prototypes.  It can become a tool of the general engineering community and not be the sole arena of technical specialists. However, it seldom reaches this potential – its like an intelligent high-school student who doesn’t work diligently at their studies. It’s a paradox – such great potential – but seldom reaching that potential. How can Simulation reach its Maximum Potential? Come with us and find out.

Note: We are currently working with a number of instructors to confirm additional training courses and workshops, so please do not consider this to be an exhaustive list of the training courses that will be offered at CAASE18.

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