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Beyond Finite Element Analysis

Beyond FEA: An Introduction to Evolving Numerical Methods for Challenging Engineering Problems


Finite Element Analysis is a well-established technology with a huge range of applications, but general purpose methods can struggle to solve some classes of problem including crack propagation and large deformation processes. 

Research into more efficient solutions for such problems has developed a range of numerical approaches, and some of the most effective methods have recently been introduced to commercially-available packages.

Whilst these methods have produced impressive results on demonstration problems, their use has yet to become widespread due to lack of familiarity, understanding and confidence within the engineering community. 

Seminar Objectives

The seminar provided an introduction to some of the new methods that are reaching the market, with a strong focus on the pros and cons for practical engineering applications


Equilibrium Elements for the Safe Limit Analysis of Plates
Angus Ramsay, Ramsay Maunder Associates

Beyond the Finite Element Method in Geotechnical Analysis
Ronald Brinkgreve, PLAXIS

The Finite Discrete Element Method and the Assessment of Structures
Carl Brookes, Ramboll Ltd.

Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics and its Application to Solid Mechanics  Problems
Tom deVuyst, Cranfield University

Coupling a Meshless Method to FE
Louise Wright, NPL

A Global Energy Method to Predict the Stability and Shapes of Crack
Propagation in Irradiated Graphite Components using XFEM
Owen Booler, AMEC            

Discontinuous Galerkin Finite Element Methods for Multi-Physics Problems
Paul Houston, University of Nottingham