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Advanced Dynamic Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Three sessions; 2.5 hours per session

Need to dive deeper into Dynamics?

Want to learn how to set up and execute analyses like an expert?

This course gives you practical advice and background.

May 4th - May 18th, 2017

 07:00 PDT / 10:00 EDT / 14:00 GMT / 15:00 CET 

One 2.5-hour session per day

Engineering Board PDH Credits: 7.5 hours*

Course Overview

This course builds on the concepts introduced in the Basic Dynamics course.

In depth explanations and insights are given into key areas of Dynamics which answer such questions as:

  • Why is dynamic response important in shock response?
  • What are the limitations of a response spectra method?
  • What is a PSD – and why such strange units?
  • What is the difference between explicit and implicit methods?

Major topics include:

  • Shock Spectra methods
  • Random Vibration
  • Non-linear Dynamics

Why an e-learning class?

Travel and training budgets are always tight! The e-Learning course has been developed to help you meet your training needs.If your company has a group of engineers, or specific training requirements across any subjects, please contact us to discuss options.

Session AD1:

  • Importance of Dynamic Effects in Shock
  • Shock Spectra Analysis
  • Response Spectra Overview
  • DDAM overview
  • Response Spectra Analysis – creation of a spectra
  • Response Spectra Analysis – application of a spectra
  • Examples
  • Homework session 1

Session AD2:

  • Homework Review 
  • Probability and Random theory review
  • PSD definition
  • Random FE Analysis Overview
  • Application of Random Analysis results for Fatigue
  • Checking with Miles Equation
  • Examples
  • Homework session 2

Session AD3:

  • Homework Review
  • Dynamic Nonlinearity
  • Nonlinear Strategy
  • Example of Geometric Nonlinearity
    • Theoretical Solution
    • Numerical solution
  • Background to Material Nonlinearity
  • Example of Material Nonlinearity
    • Theoretical Solutions
    • Numerical solutions
  • Overview of Implicit versus Explicit Solutions
  • Examples

Course Feedback

Feedback from former Dynamic FE Analysis e-Learning students:

"This course did everything right. From organization to presentation to interaction, this is a good model for what online training should be."


"Tony's command over the subject and excellent teaching skills made this course worthwhile."


"Super! Doesn't get better than this. Good idea to start having e-Learning courses."


"I'm really happy not to pay a big fraction of my annual training budget to airlines and hotels. A BIG plus to e-learning."


Special Note(s):

Telephony surcharges may apply for attendees who are located outside of North America, South America and Europe. These surcharges are related to individuals who join the audio portion of the web-meeting by calling in to the provided toll/toll-free teleconferencing lines. We have made a VoIP option available so anyone attending the class can join using a headset (headphones w/ microphone) connected to the computer. There is no associated surcharge to utilize the VoIP option, and is actually encouraged to ensure NAFEMS is able to keep the e-Learning course fees as low as possible. Please send an email to the e-Learning coordinator (e-learning @ ) to determine if these surcharges may apply to your specific case. 

Just as with a live face-to-face training course, each registration only covers one person. If you plan to register a large group (5+), please send an email to e-learning @ in advance for group discounts.

Related News:

Review the NAFEMS "Introductory Dynamic FE Analysis " webinar presented by Tony Abbey on April 2nd, 2009. The purpose of this webinar is to provide some technical content to the NAFEMS community, and to introduce the Dynamic FE Analysis e-Learning course listed on this page.

For more information, please email e-learning @ .

For NAFEMS cancellation and transfer policy, click here


Event Type: Course
Location: e-Learning Online
Date: May 4, 2017

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Course Tutor:
Tony Abbey 

Tony Abbey - NAFEMS Tutor

Read Tony Abbey's bio on the NAFEMS tutors page

Session 1
Thursday, May 4th

Session 2
Thursday, May 11th

Session 3
Thursday, May 18th

All sessions are recorded and made available to attendees following the end of the live class. It is perfectly acceptable to attend this class using recordings only.

The course is completely code independent, so is applicable to all FEA users

A full set of PDF notes is available for download. Each session is presented live and is available for review via a streamable recording.

Reading lists, homework submissions, supplementary data are all available for download via the special on-line forum. Interaction via the bulletin board is strongly encouraged to obtain the most from the e-learning class. Typically, the board runs for 4 weeks after the last live class sessions, giving you plenty of time to catch up with homework, review and ask questions.

Note: homework participation is purely voluntary!