Practical Stress Analysis & Finite Element Methods

Practical Stress Analysis & Finite Element Methods

Three day course -
15th 16th and 17th September 2009

FEA has become widely used and universally accepted in many industry sectors. In order to derive maximum benefit from the available technology, engineers should learn about the many strengths of numerical techniques. At the same time, recommendations on how to avoid the inevitable pitfalls will prove invaluable at a later date.

NAFEMS, the only independent not-for-profit organisation with the aim of promoting the effective and reliable use of FEA, addresses this requirement by providing this three day example-driven, practical course. The course offers excellent guidance on how to judge which approximations are acceptable and appropriate for solving a wide range of practical problems. Of equal importance is the manner in which the results are interpreted. Advice is provided which allows the correct decisions to be taken, based on results which are known to be reliable. Interaction is encouraged throughout the course, with the planning and design of a complete FEA project and examples of simple hand calculations, mesh designs and solution designs being set for the class to complete. The course is completely code independent.

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at practising engineers who wish to learn more about how to start applying finite element techniques to their particular problems in the most effective manner. The material that is presented is independent of any particular software package, making it ideally suited to current and potential users of all commercial finite element software systems. This course is a must for all engineers aiming to use FEA as a reliable predictive tool for thermal, stiffness and stress analysis.

The course is open to both members and non-members of

Course Programme

Day 1

  • Units and Conversions
  • Weight, Mass and Inertia
  • Free-Body Diagrams
  • Direct Stress and Strain
  • Shear Stress and Strain
  • Bending Stress
  • Thermal Stress Effects
  • Properties of Materials
  • Basics of Fatigue and Impact
  • Stiffness Calculations

Day 2

  • Basic Theory of FEA
  • Displacement and Load Control
  • Introduction to 1D FEA Problems
  • Introduction to 2D FEA Problems
  • Limitations of Linear Analysis
  • Boundary Non-Linearity
  • Material Non-Linearity
  • Geometric Non-Linearity
  • Introduction to 3D Problems
  • Processing CAD Data for FEA

Day 3

  • Design of Pressure Vessel FEA
  • Fast and Accurate Meshing Methods
  • Implementation of Natural Loads
  • Design of Realistic Constraints
  • Balanced Loads/Minimum Constraint
  • Statically Determinate Reactions
  • Application of Material Models
  • Hints and Tips for Contact Models
  • Worked Example with Plasticity
  • Results Interpretation and Checking

Course Tutor

Bob Johnson - DAMTBob Johnson has presented courses on behalf of NAFEMS for over 10 years, and is recognised as one of the leading figures in the engineering analysis community in the UK. Bob is a well-respected consultant with a wealth of industrial experience.

His lively presentation style puts over the key concepts in a manner which involves participants fully in the course material.

He is also a qualified NAFEMS Registered Analyst at Advanced Level. In addition to being a regular contributor at international conferences and Technical Editor of the BENCHmark magazine .


The Legacy Falcon Hotel
Chapel Street
CV37 6HA
Tel: 0844 411 9005

Ideally located in the heart of Stratford Upon Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, is The Legacy Falcon Hotel a 16th Century Inn. The hotel is just five minutes walk from Stratford-upon-Avon train station and also has free on-site car parking.


We have secured a limited amount of rooms at the venue hotel, at a special rate of £80, including VAT on a bed & breakfast basis. Please contact the hotel directly mentioning that you are attending the NAFEMS course, to book rooms at the discounted rate. This reduced rate is applicable to NAFEMS delegates until the end of August.

An opportunity to ensure that your organisation gets maximum benefit from using FEA

33% Discount for Members - NAFEMS Members can attend this course at a significantly discounted rate. Members can also attend a number of seminars and workshops free of charge each year as part of their membership, as well as a library of free publications on joining. If you are a NAFEMS member, please login above to take advantage of these free places and discounted prices. If you are not a member, click here to read more about the benefits of getting involved. Get Involved. Join NAFEMS Today.

Events - Cancellation Policy

Please note NAFEMS cancellation policy for all UK events is as follows:-

  • Cancellation up to 3 weeks before the event date: free of charge;
  • Cancellation up to 1 week before the event date: 75% of registration fee non-refundable;
  • Cancellation up to 1 week before the event date: all seminar credits non-refundable;
  • No show at the event: 100% of registration fee non-refundable;

NAFEMS will discuss the possibility of transferring to an alternative event/course, however an administration charge will be applicable.

This policy is subject to change.