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Practical Introduction to Finite Element Analysis

An opportunity to ensure that your organization gets 
maximum benefit from using Finite Element Analysis

3-Day Training Course - 17th to 19th September : Introduction to FEA Analysis


FEA has become widely used and universally accepted in many industry sectors. FEA is a powerful technique, able to produce solutions to challenging structural analysis problems. The technology and computational efficiency of the method, together with the rapid increases in computer processing power means that today the scope and size of simulations far exceeds the capabilities of even a few years ago.

However for those engineers embarking on FEA, or companies adopting the technique to improve designs or achieve certification of new products, there is a steep learning curve to overcome.

There are a bewildering array of element types, solution types, meshing methods and pre-post processing options that have to be faced. This is before engineers get down to the engineering physics behind the problem, with the associated classic traps and errors. What is needed is guidance via a thorough but practical assessment of the method and how to use it in the real world. 

NAFEMS, the only vendor neutral, not-for-profit organization with the aim of promoting the effective and reliable use of FEA, addresses this requirement by providing this three day example-driven, practical course.

Attendees are shown the background to the FEA methodology, via simple real examples with a minimum of theory. The strength and weaknesses of various FEA techniques are shown and discussed and practical considerations of loadings,boundary conditions and structural details are shown via examples.

The assessment, validation and interpretation of FEA results are vital for delivering safe, effective products are discussed to provide confidence in the results obtained aiming to provide conservative, reliable and qualified results. The attendees join in the activity of building this process themselves and come away with an embryo Procedural Check List. Report writing is also addressed as a class workshop.

The course offers excellent guidance on how to assess and plan the task of carrying out a Finite Element Analysis. A clear understanding of the objectives of each analysis is vital and a road map for achieving this is presented. A review of the trade off between available resource and analysis methodology is given.

Interaction is encouraged throughout the course. Real world examples are given at every stage, drawn from the Tutors wide practical experience.Questions and class participation are encouraged, as this is one of the key aspects of making this a unique experience for each attendee. Attendee project examples can often be incorporated into the class if time permits, to benefit all.

The course is completely software independent and attendees are welcome to bring laptops to take notes, but they are not required.

A full set of printed and bound notes will be issued to every attendee.


Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at practicing engineers who wish to learn more about how to apply finite element techniques to their particular problems in the most effective manner. This course is also very useful for managers (in many cases needing to refresh their knowledge) who review FEA reports and contract suppliers. 

The material that is presented is independent of any particular software package, making it ideally suited to current and potential users of all commercial finite element software systems. This course is a must for all engineers aiming to use FEA as a reliable predictive tool for thermal,stiffness and stress analysis.

Companies moving into FEA technology to improve product designs or assess prototype failures or speed the design process will benefit from sending key engineers to this course. If you have sufficient engineers then a tailor made course maybe more suitable and NAFEMS can then work closely with you to cater for your specific industry sector or analysis type.

The course is open to both members and non-members of NAFEMS.


Remarks by Previous Attendees

“Exceeded my initial expectations. 
I learnt a lot more than I thought I would and it was genuinely interesting.”

“The practical advice given by the lecturer about FEA was very useful”

"Confident to return to work and actually know what I’m talking about!"

Course Program

Registration will be held on Tuesday morning between 9:00am and 9:30am, with the course starting immediately afterwards. The tutor will aim to commence the course at 9am on Wednesday and Thursday and finish by 5pm each evening. Each day there will be short morning, lunchtime and afternoon breaks, timing dependent on the tutor, venue and class.

This course program contains 5 parts that combine lectures, discussions, workshops and exercises.

Part 1- Basics 

  • History and Background to FEA
  • The Origins of FEA
  • The FEA Process
  • Workshop – Your Process?
  • Element Stiffness Matrices
  • Avoiding ‘Free Motion’
  • Degrees of Freedom (DOF)
  • Displacement Shape Functions
  • Element Types
  • Workshop –Which Elements?
  • A Sanity Check on FEA
  • A Simple Case Study
  • A Beam Structure Example
  • Class Exercise

Part 2 - Specifics

  • Controlling Degrees of Freedom (DOF)
  • Special Elements
  • A Check on FEA
  • Convergence Checking
  • Local Stress Raisers
  • Real World Boundary Conditions and Loading
  • Workshop – What are the Boundary Conditions?
  • Unit Load Cases

Part 3 - Reality

  • Making Life Simpler
  • FE Model Checks
  • Workshop - Meshes
  • Understanding the Objective of the Analysis
  • Looking Critically at the CAD Model
  • Why Not 20 Million Elements?
  • Class Exercise

Part 4 - Understanding

  • Classification of Structures
  • Free Body Diagrams
  • Types of Loading
  • Assessing Stresses
  • Understanding the Results
  • Checking the Results

Part 5 - Closing 

  • Workshop – Housing Failure
  • Workshop – Reporting
  • Class Exercise
  • Conclusions
  • Introduction to Non-linear Analysis

Venue

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Manchester - Piccadilly
One Piccadilly Place
1 Auburn St.
Manchester
M1 3DG
Tel: +44-161-2421000
Website

Situated in the city centre and only 120 feet from Manchester’s Piccadilly Train Station, the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Piccadilly hotel is perfectly set in the heart of the city and only a 10-minute walk from the King Street, Deansgate and the Arndale Centre shopping areas.

The hotel is 20 minutes from Manchester's International Airport via Train/Car and just 2.5 hours via train from London Euston Station, with services approximately every 20 minutes.

Car Parking available at Q-Park Piccadilly Place where guests receive a 15% discount with validated ticket. Tickets validated at Guest Services. 

Accommodation

We have secured a limited number of rooms at the venue hotel, at a special rate of £159 on a B&B basis including VAT. Please contact the hotel directly stating that you are attending the NAFEMS training course, to book rooms at the discounted rate. This reduced rate is applicable to NAFEMS delegates until four week prior to the course date.


PSE

PSE Competencies addressed by this training course 

IDCompetence Statement
FEAkn1List the various steps in the analysis/simulation process.
FEAkn2Define the meaning of degree of freedom.
FEAkn3List the nodal degrees of freedom and the associated force actions for common beam, 2D solid, 2D axisymmetric, 3D solid and shell elements, for the Displacement FEM.
FEAkn8List the requirements for an axisymmetric analysis to be valid.
FEAkn9List the degrees of freedom to be constrained on a symmetric boundary.
FEAkn11Sketch problems showing the various form of symmetry.
FEAkn12List the advantages of using symmetry.
FEAkn14List the possible advantages of applying material properties, loads and boundary conditions to underlying geometry rather than to finite element entities.
FEAkn15List 2 common solvers for large sets of simultaneous equations.
FENkn16List the various forms of element distortion.
FEAkn17List the various element types commonly used in the analysis of components within your organisation.
FEAco1Describe the sources of error inherent in finite element analysis, in general terms.
FEAco2Discuss checks that may be used post-solution to check for the presence of inaccuracy.
FEAco4Explain the meaning of convergence, including h and p types.
FEAco5Discuss the difficulties that can arise in using a CAD model as the basis for carrying out analysis and simulation.
FEAco6Discuss the need for a consistent set of units in any analysis and illustrate possible pitfalls.
FEAco7Explain why strains and stresses are generally less accurate than displacements for any given mesh of elements, using the Displacement FEM.
FEAco11Discuss the finite element / spring analogy.
FEAco12Outline a common method employed to solve the large sets of sparse symmetric common in FEA.
FEAco13Explain how the structural stiffness matrix is assembled from the individual element matrices.
FEAco14Discuss the nature of the structural stiffness matrix.
FEAco18Explain the term Isoparametric Element.
FEAco24Discuss the relationship between shape function and strain/stress prediction for simple 2D linear and parabolic elements.
FEAco26Discuss the significance of computer memory to solution elapse time for large models.
FEAco27Explain how unwanted cracks can be produced in 2D and 3D solid meshes and describe which plot type is useful in detecting these.
FEAco28Explain why element distortion generally results in poorer results.
FEAco29Discuss the term Flying Structure or Insufficiently Constrained Structure.
FEAco30Explain why stress averaging is not appropriate at junctions between elements of different thickness.
FEAco31Explain why most finite elements do not represent a circular boundary exactly and highlight how this approximation manifests itself.
FEAco35Discuss the terms Validation and Verification and highlight their importance.
FEAco40Explain the rationale behind the use of 1-D, 2-D and 3-D elements used in the analysis of components within your organisation.
FEAap1Employ an analysis system for the determination of stresses and strains in small displacement, linear elastic problems.
FEAap2Demonstrate effective use of available results presentation facilities.
FEAap3Illustrate the approximate nature of finite element analysis, through examples chosen from your industry sector.
FEAap4Illustrate the various steps in the Displacement Finite Element Method from assumed displacement polynomial to determination of stresses.
FEAap5Illustrate possible applications of 0D, 1D, 2D and 3D elements in your industry sector.
FEAap7Employ symmetric boundary conditions effectively.
FEAap10Illustrate various physical situations which will result in a Stress Singularity and explain why it is not appropriate to use finite element results at such locations directly.
FEAap12Employ a range of post-solution checks to determine the integrity of FEA results.
FEAan1Analyse the results from small displacement, linear static analyses and determine whether they satisfy inherent assumption
FEAan2Compare the results from small displacement, linear elastic analyses with allowable values and comment on findings.
FEAev2Assess the significance of neglecting any feature or detail in any idealisation.



Purchasing Details

Members Price
£840 | $1058 | €932


Non-Members Price
£1300 | $1637 | €1443
Order Ref: uk_fea_sep19
Event Type: Course
Location: Manchester UK
Date: September 17, 2019

Discounts available for multiple registrations!

Enquire: jo.davenport@nafems.org or phone +44 (0)1355 225688

Course Tutor: 
Shakeel Chaudry


Read Shakeel Chaudury's bio on the NAFEMS Tutors page.


Cancellation Policy

Please note NAFEMS cancellation policy for all UK public training courses is as follows:-

  • Suitably qualified delegates may be substituted at any time prior to the start of the course

  • Bookings are accepted upon condition that either full payment is received before the course commences, or that a valid purchase order is received from a company that has a credit agreement with us

  • In the event of a delegate being unable to attend a course that they have booked upon then, NAFEMS will discuss the possibility of transferring to an alternative course. However, a suitable administration charge will be levied.

  • A refund of 50% of the course fees will be paid to delegates who cancel their booking and do not re-schedule to an alternative course, provided that the cancellation is received by NAFEMS at least four weeks in advance of the course. No refunds can be given for cancellations made after this time.

  • NAFEMS reserves the right to cancel the course, without liability, in which case all training fees will be refunded in full. However, NAFEMS cannot be held liable for any other expenses incurred by participants or their companies due to the cancellation.

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

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