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Practical Stress Analysis & Finite Element Methods

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

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 apply 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 NAFEMS.

To book your place, please click on "order" on the left.


Day 1. Introduction and formulation. FEA for 1D and 2D

Day 1   From 10.00 to 13.00

  • Basic Theory of FEA
  • Direct Stress and Strain
  • Shear Stress and Torsion
  • Bending Stress
  • Thermal Stress Effects
  • Stress Concentration Effects
  • Fatigue and Impact
  • Properties of Materials
  • Stiffness Calculations
  • Units and Unity Bracket

Day 1   From 14.30 to 18.00

  • Introduction to 1D FEA
  • Introduction to 2D Methods
  • 2D Plane Stress/Plane Strain
  • 2D Axi-Symmetric Problems
  • Examples

Day 2. Real World in 3D and Advanced topics.

Day 2   From 8.30 to 13.00

  • Introduction to the Real World in 3D
  • Example of Simple 3D Analysis
  • Processing of 3D CAD Data
  • Preparing CAD Data for Analysis
  • Fast and Accurate Meshing Methods
  • Design of Loading and Constraints
  • Representative Material Properties
  • Results Interpretation/Verification
  • Balanced Loads/Minimal Constraint

Day 2 from 14.30 to 18.00

  • Non-Linear Considerations
  • Introduction to Plasticity in FEA
  • Introduction to Contact in FEA
  • Best Practice in Industry
  • Getting Help When Things Go Wrong
  • Comparison of different tools


Event Type: Course
Location: Madrid Spain
Date: April 19, 2010

Course Tutors

Prof. Jesús López

Professor of Structural Dynamics, Aeroelasticiy and Spacecraft structures at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).

Prof. Francisco J. Montáns

Continuum and Structural Mechanics Professor at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM).

F. Javier Gómez

Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics Engineer at Airbus Military.

Dr. Oscar F. Valencia

Structure and Fluid Mechanics Engineer at SENER.