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Finite Element Procedures For The Numerical Analysis Of Steel And Aluminium Structures - Level 4/4 (Advanced 2): "Non-linear Dynamic Applications in Structural Engineering"

Finite Element Procedures For The Numerical Analysis Of Steel And Aluminium Structures

Level 4/4 (Advanced 2): "Non-linear Dynamic Applications in Structural Engineering"

MZA Research - LEV_04

This four-level programme is held by MZA Research - Numerical Consulting ltd, a NAFEMS member institution providing customised courses in Applied FEA with reference to the Design of Steel/Aluminium Structures and Structural/Mechanical applications.

The fourth module will be an intensive, 3-day numerical application course aimed at providing the correct sequential procedure to obtain a steel/aluminium structure FE model that is compatible, from a design perspective, with dynamic analyses. The numerical examples presented in the course cover the use of beam, plate and brick elements, with each being analysed for their responses under dynamic load conditions. On day three, with assistance from the presenters, attendees will be asked to build and analyse a mathematical FE model from their own spheres of interest, after which the results are interpreted and discussed. Some of the topics covered include: modal analysis vs non-linear time-history analysis developed by spectrum-compatible accelerograms, harmonic response, introduction to blast analysis and impulsive loads. The solvers utilised will be: non-linear transient (NTA), natural frequency (NFA), spectral (SRA) and harmonic (HRA) response. In addition, some of the post-processing results that will be presented and discussed are: contouring, graphing, stress-averaging, tabular listings and animations. As with the previous modules, participants are also given an opportunity to get hands-on experience using a specialised software package (Strand7® Nonlinear), that will be provided for and available for use for exercises during the course.


The course is suitable for structural engineers mainly in the field of Steel and Aluminium Structures who are interested in learning or optimising their approach to ensure that they have a proper and analytical correct model-assembly-procedure, model debugging approach and a verification-validation understanding of dynamic problems under non-linear conditions. Participants should have a reasonable-experienced background in Finite Element Methods and Structural Mechanics. Methods and debugging technics will be outlined with only few mathematical references and are illustrated by practical software implementations. The course is not software specific, but it is held by making use of the Strand7® Nonlinear FE package. For all participants, a Strand7® educational licence will be provided upon request.


DAY 1 - Monday, 21 June 2021
TIME: 9am-12.30pm/1.30pm-5pm
Geometry and CAD properties of the structural system, Mesh assembly (CAD import or native generation), Physical body validation, Mechanical body validation for dynamic analysis (natural vibrations, dumping properties and Rayleigh parameters influence in the transient phase.)

DAY 2 - Tuesday, 22 June 2021
TIME: 9am-12.30pm/1.30pm-5pm
Loading procedure, Effective and ausiliary restraints for floating bodies, Stage Analysis, Numerical procedures (solver selection and result interpretations), Post-processing: design result interpretation (contouring, graphing, listing, animations).

DAY 3 - Wednesday, 23 June 2021
TIME: 9am-12.30pm/1.30pm-5pm
Participants’ numerical experience: model assembly, debugging, validation and analyses of results. Pre and post processing hypotheses, Methodological model-assembly discussion (mathematical and physical characteristics of the system), Review and closure.


The course will be held in English.


- Augusto Mastropasqua (MSc, PhD, PE, PSE®NAFEMS), Professional Simulation Engineer NAFEMS, MZA Structural Engineering Technical Director, Polytechnic University of Milan Visiting Lecturer.

- Nicola Carniato (MSc, CEng, MICE, MIMechE), Technical Director AKT-II, presentation: 'Special Constructions'.


The course described above is part of an integrated programme related to Finite Element Procedures for the Numerical Analysis of Steel and Aluminium Structures, which is suitable for structural engineers applied to the field of Steel and Aluminium Structures. The programme includes:

Level 1 (Basic): "Model assembly, validation, verification and debugging procedures" (3-days)
Level 2 (Intermediate): "Non-linear static applications in Structural Engineering" (3-days)
Level 3 (Advanced 1): "Connections and sub-models (3-days)"
Level 4 (Advanced 2): "Non-linear dynamic applications in Structural Engineering" (3-days)

Every level should be considered a precursor to the following one, however, candidates are not obliged to participate in all 4 sessions. The course/training programme is not software specific, but it will be held by making use of the Strand7® Nonlinear FE package. For all participants, a Strand7® Nonlinear educational licence will be provided upon request.


Note that the number of participants is limited. The registration is conditional upon completion of the participant data form, professional field of application and FE experience level. Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation of your reservation with additional practical information about the venue and course.

For further information and registration please contact:

Francesca Lorenzet, Event Operations & Management


Event Type: Training Course
City: London
Country: United Kingdom
Date: 21 Jun 2021