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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 13.5 hours of free NAFEMS accredited training courses available to you at CAASE18, why wouldn't you 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.

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. Will also need admin privileges to install a browser add-in. 

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


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


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


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 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


Next Generation Discrete Element Modeling: Introduction and Its Application


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


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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