Note: This contents of this course have been customized to cover topics specific to the aerospace industry, which are drawn from material presented to a variety of aerospace companies over the last several years. A brief list of these topics include:
Airframe idealization in 1d, 2d and 3d
Beam shear center and NA offsets, loading action lines
Lug and joint analysis
Free body diagrams
Unit load cases and combinations
Minimum constraint methods
See below for standard course content.
3-Day Training Course : Introduction to FEA
Finite Element Analysis has become widely used and universally accepted in many industry sectors. FEA is a powerful technique, able to produce solutions to challenging structural analysis problems. The technology and computational efficiency of the method, together with the rapid increases in computer processing power means that today the scope and size of simulations far exceeds the capabilities of even a few years ago
However for those engineers embarking on FEA, or companies adopting the technique to improve designs or achieve certification of new products, there is a steep learning curve to overcome.
There are a bewildering array of element types, solution types, meshing methods and pre-post processing options that have to be faced. This is before we get down to the engineering physics behind the problem, with associated classic traps and errors. What is needed is guidance via a thorough but practical assessment of the method and how to use it in the real world.
NAFEMS, the only vendor neutral, not-for-profit organization with the aim of promoting the effective and reliable use of FEA, addresses this requirement by providing this three day example-driven, practical course.
Students are shown the background to the Finite Element Analysis methodology, via simple real examples with a minimum of theory. The strength and weaknesses of the various FEA techniques are shown and discussed. Practical considerations of loadings, boundary conditions and structural details are shown by numerous examples.
The assessment, validation and interpretation of FEA results are vital for delivering safe, effective products. A process is shown which provides confidence in the results and aims to provide conservative, reliable and qualified results. The attendees join in the activity of building this process themselves and come away with an embryo Procedural Check List.
Interaction is encouraged throughout the course. Real world examples are given at every stage, drawn from the Tutors wide practical experience. Questions are very welcome, as this is one of the key aspects of making this a unique experience for each attendee. Attendee project examples can often be incorporated into the class as time permits, to benefit all. Role playing situations include the class acting as a syndicate to evaluate a Design Failure, critical assessment of an FE Report and the continuous evolution of the Check List.
The course is completely code independent, attendees are welcome to bring laptops to take notes, but they are not required.
A full set of printed and bound notes will be issued to every attendee.
This course is aimed at practicing 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.
Companies moving into FEA technology to improve product designs or assess prototype failures or speed the design process will benefit from sending key engineers to this course. If you have sufficient engineers then a tailor made course may be more suitable. NAFEMS can then work closely with you to cater for your specific industry sector or analysis type.
The course is open to both members and non-members of NAFEMS.
Background to FEA
Over view of Element Types
Making healthy models
Multi Point Constraints (MPCs)
Making Life simpler
Understanding the objective of the analysis
Looking at CAD geometry
Checking the answers
Other Topics (dependent on requirements)
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th Street S.W.
Lynnwood, Washington 98036
NAFEMS members can attend this course at a significantly discounted rate.
Members can also attend a number of seminars and workshops each year as part of their membership, as well as a library of free publications when they join.
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Tony Abbey has created and taught a wide range of FEA based training classes over the past 15 years. He has developed a reputation for providing the student with an experience that is full of insight gained from his extensive experience, but which also challenges and motivates. Tony has been working with FEA for over 30 years, both in Industry and for FEA software providers in the UK and the US. He currently runs his own FEA consultancy company and works very closely with NAFEMS to develop its training role.
His informal and interactive presentation style allows the key concepts to be taught in a manner which involves participants fully in the course material.
Tony presents papers at NAFEMS and other conferences on a regular basis and has been involved with NAFEMS since its formation.
Please note NAFEMS cancellation policy for all training courses is as follows:-
NAFEMS will discuss the possibility of transferring to an alternative event/course, however an administration charge will be applicable.
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