Four-Session Live Online Training Course - 2 hours per session
Attend the live sessions, or view the recordings at your convenience
This is the course that design, project, and test engineers, and even managers should attend as a first step toward engineering simulation democratisation. This course will empower the non-specialist to understand the value and purpose of up-front engineering simulation and optimise its implementation in analysis-driven design.
More and more, engineering simulation is being geared toward design engineers for initial sizing, configuration, and other decisions at the concept stage. The idea is to minimise the cost of design and development by avoiding costly corrections later in the development process as well as time-consuming back and forth between the design engineer and engineering analyst.
However, engineering simulation is only as good as the user’s understanding of it. In this course, the non-specialist will learn the fundamentals necessary for understanding simulation's role in the design process.
Throughout the course, the students will be engaged and challenged through a number of in-session exercises. This interaction between the students and instructor will solidify the students’ understanding of the material and accelerate their adoption of an engineering analysis mindset.
You can either attend the live sessions or take the course on-demand at your leisure.
NAFEMS e-learning gives you the best of both worlds, giving you real, practical knowledge that you can use day-to-day to improve your analyses.
The course aims to provide design engineers, project engineers, and other non-specialists with the fundamentals necessary for the optimal implementation of engineering simulation in the analysis-driven design process.
Mechanical design changes and corrections are easiest and cheapest when engineering simulation is incorporated early in the design process. Unfortunately, the lack of fundamental understanding of simulation among non-specialists presents a hurdle to the effective adoption and implementation of up-front simulation tools at the concept stage.
This course will help you and your organization clear those hurdles and help you optimize your analysis-driven design process.
The course is completely code-independent.
A full set of notes in PDF format will be available for download for each class. Each session is presented live and is available for review via a streamable recording.
Students are given access to a course discussion forum, which provides access e-learning backup material including reading lists, homework submissions, and other supplementary data. This is also where you can ask your tutor questions at any time.
Interaction via the forum is strongly encouraged to obtain the most from the e-learning class. Typically the forum stays open for 4 weeks after the last live class session, giving you plenty of time to catch up with homework, review and ask questions.
Note: homework is purely voluntary!
Students will join the audio portion of the meetings by utilizing the VoIP (i.e. headset connected to the computer via headphone and microphone jacks) or by calling into a standard toll line. If you are interested in additional pricing to call-in using a toll-free line, please send an email to: e-learning @ nafems.org .
Note: This is a four-week course. Each session represents one 2-hour session each week.
Telephony surcharges may apply for attendees who are located outside of North America, South America and Europe. These surcharges are related to individuals who join the audio portion of the web-meeting by calling in to the provided toll/toll-free teleconferencing lines. We have made a VoIP option available so anyone attending the class can join using a headset (headphones) connected to the computer. There is no associated surcharge to utilize the VoIP option, and is actually encouraged to ensure NAFEMS is able to keep the e-Learning course fees as low as possible. Please send an email to the e-Learning coordinator (email@example.com ) to determine if these surcharges may apply to your specific case.
Just as with a live face-to-face training course, each registration only covers one person. If you plan to register a large group (10+), please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org in advance for group discounts.
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|FEAkn1||List the various steps in the analysis/simulation process.|
|FEAkn2||Define the meaning of degree of freedom.|
|FEAkn3||List the nodal degrees of freedom and the associated force actions for common beam, 2D solid, 2D axisymmetric, 3D solid and shell elements, for the Displacement FEM.|
|FEAkn4||Define the meaning of adaptive mesh refinement|
|FEAkn8||List the requirements for an axisymmetric analysis to be valid.|
|FEAkn9||List the degrees of freedom to be constrained on a symmetric boundary.|
|FEAkn12||List the advantages of using symmetry.|
|FEAkn16||List the various forms of element distortion.|
|FEAkn17||List the various element types commonly used in the analysis of components within your organisation.|
|FEAco1||Describe the sources of error inherent in finite element analysis, in general terms.|
|FEAco2||Discuss checks that may be used post-solution to check for the presence of inaccuracy.|
|FEAco5||Discuss the difficulties that can arise in using a CAD model as the basis for carrying out analysis and simulation.|
|FEAco6||Discuss the need for a consistent set of units in any analysis and illustrate possible pitfalls.|
|FEAco7||Explain why strains and stresses are generally less accurate than displacements for any given mesh of elements, using the Displacement FEM.|
|FEAco11||Discuss the finite element / spring analogy.|
|FEAco14||Discuss the nature of the structural stiffness matrix.|
|FEAco15||Discuss the integral equation for element stiffness, highlighting the variables which it is dependent upon.|
|FEAco24||Discuss the relationship between shape function and strain/stress prediction for simple 2D linear and parabolic elements.|
|FEAco26||Discuss the significance of computer memory to solution elapse time for large models.|
|FEAco29||Discuss the term Flying Structure or Insufficiently Constrained Structure.|
|FEAco31||Explain why most finite elements do not represent a circular boundary exactly and highlight how this approximation manifests itself.|
|FEAco35||Discuss the terms Validation and Verification and highlight their importance.|
|FEAco40||Explain the rationale behind the use of 1-D, 2-D and 3-D elements used in the analysis of components within your organisation.|
|FEAap2||Demonstrate effective use of available results presentation facilities.|
|FEAap3||Illustrate the approximate nature of finite element analysis, through examples chosen from your industry sector.|
|FEAap5||Illustrate possible applications of 0D, 1D, 2D and 3D elements in your industry sector.|
|FEAap6||Illustrate how you might apply a moment to a model consisting of 2D or 3D solids.|
|FEAap7||Employ symmetric boundary conditions effectively.|
|FEAap10||Illustrate various physical situations which will result in a Stress Singularity and explain why it is not appropriate to use finite element results at such locations directly.|
|FEAap12||Employ a range of post-solution checks to determine the integrity of FEA results.|
|FEAap13||Conduct validation studies in support of FEA.|
|FEAan1||Analyse the results from small displacement, linear static analyses and determine whether they satisfy inherent assumption|
|FEAan2||Compare the results from small displacement, linear elastic analyses with allowable values and comment on findings.|