Aerospace FEA Modeling Techniques

Aerospace FEA Modeling Techniques

Thursday, November 9th, 2017 | 9am- 5pm | Wichita, KS

Exciting News: Join us in Wichita for all, or some part, of the week of November 6th - 10th. For the first time ever, we are offering five consecutive days of learning with multiple training and a conference. Details about the courses available can be found in the column to the right. 


The aerospace industry has many unique requirements when carrying out structural analysis. Almost all components within an aerospace vehicle will require evidence of adequate structural performance. Great emphasis is placed on verifying an analysis to ensure FEA modeling is carried out using accepted methodologies. Equally, FEA methodologies should produce results that align with physical testing.

The aerospace industry pioneered the use of FEA in the 1960s. Since then there has been a remarkable increase in the use of this technique, in many cases replacing the traditional hand stressing techniques. Idealization methods have evolved over the years. However, there is always an underlying need to ensure that the FEA method is delivering efficient and accurate solutions. Understanding load paths and how a structure responds is a key skill for any aerospace analyst.

This short course aims to give a refresher on best practice in FEA modeling within the aerospace industry. It complements the other specialized courses which are being given this week.


  • Aerospace FEA Overview
  • The ‘Loads’ Model
    • Typical Idealization Methods and Limitations
    • Load Case Synthesis
    • Load Balancing Techniques
    • Inertia Relief
    • 3-2-1 Method
  • Local Modeling
    • Detail Stressing and FEA Modeling
    • What Level of Idealization is Required
  • Global Local Modeling
    • Strategy – Superelements or Force/Displacement Boundaries
    • Limitations
  • Reconciling Limit and Ultimate Load Cases with FEA Analyses
    • When to use Nonlinear Analyses
  • Relating Free Body Diagrams to Grid Point Forces
  • General Methodology
    • Rigid and not-so Rigid Elements
    • Other Special Elements
    • Boundary Stiffness Assessments
    • Unit Load Methods
    • Effective CAD De-Featuring
    • Meshing Techniques
  • Checking and Debugging
  • Post Processing Techniques
  • Overview of Composite Analysis
    • 2D and 3D Methods
    • Stiffness Calculations
    • Strength Assessment
    • Efficient Post Processing

About the Instructor

Tony Abbey - NAFEMS TutorTony Abbey has created and taught a wealth of FEA training  material over the past 20 years. Thousands of engineers across the world have benefited from his live and e-learning based classes. 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 nearly 40 years, both in Industry and for leading FEA software providers in the UK and the US.

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. He has written a series of very popular articles on FEA for Desktop Engineering magazine.


You can register to attend using the "order" button on the right.

Members of NAFEMS: $275
Non-members of NAFEMS: $450

These fees include attendance at the training course, course notes, morning and afternoon refreshments, and lunch. Hotel accommodation is not included.

Conference Venue

National Center for Aviation Training

4004 N Webb Rd.
Wichita, KS 67226
316.677.9400 / 866.296.4031



La Quinta Inn & Suites Wichita Northeast
2660 N. Greenwich Ct.
Wichita, KS 672261
Phone: 316-500-6220

For a discount, refer to the "NIAR" rate when booking your reservation.

One Day or a Week of Learning

Join us in Wichita for all, or some part, of the week of November 6th - 10th. For the first time ever, we are offering five consecutive days of learning with multiple training courses and a conference. Below is the schedule: 

Monday, November 6th: 

TrainingFatigue & Fracture Mechanics Analysis

Tuesday, November 7th:

TrainingModeling Joints & Connections

Wednesday, November 8th: 

ConferenceAerospace Simulation Engineering: The Big Issues

Thursday, November 9th: 

TrainingAerospace FEA Modeling Techniques

Friday, November 10th: 

TrainingNonlinear Analysis

Note: We will be providing substantial discounts to individuals interested in attending more than one of the above options. For those bundle options, please choose one of the following: 

If you would like to enroll multiple people in one, or more, of the options mentioned above, please contact us at, or call 1.614.360.1922. 


Please contact the NAFEMS Americas office with any questions.