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Multiscale Modelling – Bridging Different Scales

Multiscale Modelling – Bridging Different Scales

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Multiscale modelling methods are nowadays an essential tool for structural analysis of complex systems. Structural Engineers often need to simulate large scale structures where the micro-mechanical properties of constituent materials greatly affect the overall structural behaviour. The micro-structure and mechanical properties need therefore to be explicitly introduced in the analysis procedure. 

Traditional simulation methods such as FE are consequently pushed to their limits; fine detailing is required to accurately represent the actual response leading to prohibitive computational costs. This course aims to introduce the essential principles of multiscale analysis for structural engineering problems which aim to properly communicate micro-scale structural information onto the macro-scale leading to reduced order yet accurate models. Focus will be on presenting the key benefits and limitations of multiscale analysis through illustrious examples pertaining to actual industrial applications.

Webinar Details

This seminar aims to serve as an introduction on multi-scale analysis and in particular homogenization methods covering the following topics: 

Webinar Syllabus Breakdown

  • What Is Multiscale Analysis
  • Multiscale Methods – benefits and limitations
  • Multiscale modelling application examples

Learning Outcomes

  • Distinguish between different multi-scale modelling methods
  • Appreciate the advantages of multi-scale modelling methods as opposed to current FEA techniques

Who Should Attend

This webinar will be suitable for Structural Engineers and analysts aiming to implement multiscale analysis methods with a particular interest for aerospace, automotive and material manufacturing industries.


  • Savvas Triantafyllou, University of Nottingham
  • Louise Wright, National Physical Laboratory



Louise Wright

Louise Wright, National Physical Laboratory

Originally trained as a mathematician, Louise Wright has worked with finite element analysis for over 20 years. Her first two jobs involved simulating vehicle impacts and roof tile production processes, before she joined the National Physical Laboratory in 1999. Since joining NPL she has used FE and related numerical techniques to solve problems across application areas from acoustics to electromagnetics and heat transfer to hydrogen embrittlement. Her current interests include multi-scale modelling to support prediction of bulk-scale behaviour for crystalline materials and composites, by combining measurements of component properties and imaging of microstructure.