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Advanced Dynamic Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

November 2nd - 30th, 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*

  • 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?

Get the answers to these questions and more with this industry-leading, code-independent e-learning course. 

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.

You can either attend the live sessions or take the course on-demand at your leisure. 

NAFEMS e-learning gives you the best of both worlds, giving you real, practical knowledge that you can use day-to-day to improve your analyses.

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

Major topics include:

  • Shock Spectra methods
  • Random Vibration
  • Non-linear Dynamics
  • and many more...

The course is completely code independent.

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

  • Personal passwords are provided to allow you to access e-learning backup material via our special bulletin board. Reading lists, homework submissions, supplementary data are all stored as files on the bulletin board.

  • 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 is purely voluntary!

Course Process and Details

Students will join the audio portion of the meetings by utilizing the VoIP (i.e. headset connected to the computer via headphone and microphone jacks) or by calling into a standard toll line. If you are interested in additional pricing to call-in using a toll-free line, please send an email to: e-learning @ . 

Course Program

Note: This is a three-session course. Each session represents one 2.5-hour class

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

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 Finite Element 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: November 2, 2017

Course Tutor:

Tony Abbey

Read Tony's bio on the NAFEMS tutors page

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Session 1
Thursday, November 2nd

Session 2
Friday, November 3rd

Session 3
Thursday, November 30th

: Daylight Savings will occur in late-October and early-November. We will always default to the Pacific time zone (first listed); to check against your time zone around the daylight saving change, click here

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

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."