Practical Introduction to Non-linear Finite Element Analysis

Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis

Learn how to recognise when to use Non-linear FEA techniques, recognise the challenges that may be faced and identify the best approach to performing Non-linear analysis.

Finite Element Analysis is widely used in many industries to solve challenging structural analysis problems. With increasing computer power and advances in software, the scope and size of simulations far exceeds the capabilities of FEA even a few years ago.
However, frequently FEA training courses, whether Academic or Software Specific, do not teach FEA modelling skills and many users, (both new and fairly experienced), struggle in this area. With limited access to help, FEA users are not fully confident to achieve best practice and fail to achieve consistent reliable results.

NAFEMS addresses this requirement by providing this two-day course in Non-linear FEA in which attendees learn how to identify when non-linear analysis is required and the appropriate techniques to be applied.

Course Objective

This non-linear Finite Element course is intended for delegates interested in learning how finite elements are used to analyse advanced non-linear problems, difficulties encountered in modelling real-life applications and guidelines for using non-linear finite element technology.

• To provide delegates with an introduction to the fundamental theory of non-linear Finite Element analysis.
• To highlight the possible difficulties that may be encountered in using Finite Element software to analyse non-linear problems.

Who Should Attend?

Engineers and scientists who want to gain an understanding of the fundamental theory of non-linear Finite Element Analysis, solution accuracy, difficulties and application to practical problems.

As this is an advanced Finite Element course, a pre-requisite for this course is a reasonable knowledge of linear Finite Element theory and applications. However, no prior knowledge of non-linear Finite Element theory is required.


What’s Included.

The course fee includes morning and afternoon refreshments, lunch and a full colour copy of the lecture notes. Attendees are welcome to bring laptops to take notes, but they are not required (no software is used in the course). Attendees will receive a NAFEMS training certificate after completion of the course.

Course Program

Day 1

  • General Introduction to Non-linear FE Analysis
  • Comparison of linear and non-linear problems
  • Classifications of non-linear problems
  • Non-linear FE procedure
  • Difficulties in modelling non-linear problems
  • Using Non-Linear FE benchmarks
  • Stress-stain relations
  • Review of Elasto-plasticity Theory
  • Plasticity under Cyclic Loading
  • Finite Element Treatment of Plasticity
  • Plasticity Example
  • Uniaxial fixed-load creep behaviour
  • Variable-load creep behaviour
  • Stress relaxation in creep
  • Multi-axial creep formulations
  • Time marching procedures
  • Outline of FE creep algorithms
  • Creep Example

Day 2

  • Features of Geometric Non-linearity (GNL) Problems
  • Uniaxial GNL strains and stresses
  • Simple two-bar GNL example
  • GNL strains and stresses in a continuum
  • Buckling and Instability Analysis
  • FE treatment of geometric non-linearity
  • GNL Example
  • Classification of Contact Problem
  • Hertzian Contact Problems
  • Non-Hertzian Contact Problems
  • Relationships Between Contact Variables
  • FE Contact Formulations
  • Contact Examples
  • Fracture Mechanics Problems
  • Fatigue Problems
  • Thermo-mechanical Problems
  • Viscoelastic Material (Polymers, Plastic, rubber)
  • Explicit FE Analysis







Event Type: Training Course

Member Price: USD 715 (Early Bird until 10/21)

Non-Member Price: USD 1,045 (Early Bird until 10/21)


Start Date

End Date


25 Nov 2019 26 Nov 2019 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia



Course Tutor

Clive Ford

Clive is an experienced mechanical engineer with over twenty years of application in numerical simulation, industry and consultancy practice. Using leading advanced non-linear analysis codes his work has encompassed modelling work ranging from simulation of the manufacturing processes for steel rolling, through to structural stress analysis of industrial equipment. Clive is currently a Principal Research Engineer and Innovation Lead for Digital Manufacturing at the Institute of High Performance Computing in Singapore, where he focusses on the application of digital technology to manufacturing, with a core focus on Manufacturing Process Simulation. Clive is also the Director of C4D, which represents NAFEMS in the ASEAN region and helps organisations achieve best professional standards through training and informing members about on developments in the field of engineering simulation. Clive served as the Manager of the Advanced Analysis Group for Worley (Advisian) in South East Asia for over 14 years, building up the teams’ capabilities in a range of simulation solutions and developing sales, technical support and training of one of the leading FEA products. Clive is a member of the Institution of Engineers Singapore and Associate Member of the IMechE (UK), and is an active member on the local branch committee.


About the Organisers


NAFEMS is the International Association for the Engineering Modelling, Analysis and Simulation Community. We focus on the practical application of numerical engineering simulation techniques such as the Finite Element Method for Structural Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, and Multibody Simulation. Details: email:

Advisian Malaysia


This course is co-organised by Advisian Malaysia Sdn Bhd., Advanced Analysis Group. Advisian is a leading international provider of engineering and project services with over 3,000 staff worldwide. The Advanced Analysis Group is a specialist consultancy team within Advisian providing numerical analysis skillsets.

Advisian Malaysia Sdn Bhd is HRDF certified provider. Training grants are open to all employers registered and/or incorporated in Malaysia who have registered with PSMB and pay the HRD levy as to defray all or a major portion of the costs incurred in employee training. Financial assistance is given to employers that conduct training that is in line with their business operations.
Training Grant claims will be paid upon submission of the claim form by the employers after the completion of the training programme. It should be submitted by using the online claim form of which can be obtained from HRDF officers or the website. To avoid any delays in processing claims, employers should ensure that the form is complete and correct. Relevant receipts must also be included. All copies of receipts or supporting documents must be certified by the employer.

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The seminar will be held at the Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur Hotel, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur