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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): 

(Note: Training courses which were submitted on the Call for Abstracts page will be listed below once approved. The deadline to submit a training course is November 30th, 2017.) 

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. 

Note: We are currently working with a number of instructors to confirm additional training courses, 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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