Practical Introduction to Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis

Practical Introduction to Non-Linear FEA

2-day training course on 1st & 2nd October

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.

The objectives of this Finite Element course are:

  • 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?

This course is aimed at 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. The course is independent of any finite element software code.

Technical Content

Brief Overview of Linear Finite Element analysis

A brief overview of linear Finite Element formulation, numerical algorithms, etc. to provide a foundation for the non-linear formulation.

General Introduction to Non-linear problems

Classifications of non-linear problems, Comparison of linear and non-linear Finite Element analysis, Non-linear algorithms and procedures, Difficulties in modelling non-linear problems.


Basic plasticity theory, Uniaxial and multi-axial plasticity, Work hardening and cycle loading, Finite Element treatment of plasticity, Solution strategy and accuracy, Discussion of typical practical plasticity applications.

Creep and Visco-elasticity

Basic theory of creep, niaxial and multiaxial creep therory, time and strain hardening,  Explicit and implicit time integrations, Discussion of typical practical creep applications.

Contact Problems

Basic theory of contact mechanics, classification of contact configurations, Hertzian and non-Hertzian contact problems, Finite Element contact algorithms, Penalty methods and Lagrange multipliers, Difficulties in modelling contact problems, Tips and guidelines, Discussion of practical contact problems.

Geometric Non-linearity

Basic theory of geometric non-linearity, GNL stress-strain definitions, Finite Element algorithms for geometric non-linearities, buckling problems, Arc-length and line-search methods, Solution strategy and accuracy, Discussion of typical GNL problems.

Brief introduction to other advanced Finite Element Applications

A brief overview of fracture mechanics, fatigue analysis, thermo-mechnical problems, viscoelastic materials (polymers, plastics, rubbers), explicit finite element codes.


Jurys Inn Nottingham

Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3BJ

Tel: +44 115 901 6700

Map & directions: (note there is no parking on-site, the hotel is next to the main rail station)



Event Type Training Course
Member Price £585.00 | $726.24 | €647.56
Non-member Price £880.00 | $1092.46 | €974.10
Tutor: Adib Becker


Start Date End Date Location
01 Oct 201902 Oct 2019Nottingham, UK

Discounts available for multiple registrations!

Enquire: or phone +44 (0)1355 225688

Events - Cancellation Policy

Please note NAFEMS cancellation policy for all UK events is as follows:-

  • Cancellation up to 3 weeks before the event date: free of charge;
  • Cancellation up to 1 week before the event date: 75% of registration fee non-refundable;
  • Cancellation up to 1 week before the event date: all seminar credits non-refundable;
  • No show at the event: 100% of registration fee non-refundable;


NAFEMS will discuss the possibility of transferring to an alternative event/course, however an administration charge will be applicable.

This policy is subject to change.

*Special discounts are being made available to members for this course. For more information on joining NAFEMS, please visit ourmembership section.