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Talking Shop Series

Talking Shop with Tony Abbey

Talking Shop Series

This free discussion series is open to everyone, and we hope you can join us online.

We'll kick off each session with a brief presentation on the subject from Tony, and thereafter, open up the floor for written questions and thoughts from the audience.

The sessions will be moderated, allowing the host to put your questions and comments direct to Tony, and we'll also make each episode live on our YouTube and Vimeo channels, as well as sharing on social media.


Talking Shop Series Episodes


Episode 1 - St Venant's Principle


Episode 3 - Free Body Diagrams


Episode 5 - Nonlinear Buckling – Why do we Cheat in FEA?


Episode 7 - Topology Optimization - Generative Design - Buzzwords or Reality?


Episode 9 - Stress Concentrations and Stress Singularities – do we care?


Episode 11 - Unit Conversions - the Fun and the Horror Stories!


Episode 13 - FEA Models - Under Constrained or Over Constrained!




Episode 2 - Sanity Checks


Episode 4 - Mohr's Circle


Episode 6 - High Cycle or Low Cycle Fatigue - What’s the Real Difference?


Episode 8 - Normal Modes Analysis


Episode 10 - What are 'spider' elements in FEA - why rigid and flexible types?


Episode 12 - Can designers really take advantage of FEA strength and stiffness predictions?







Episode 14 - Dynamic response types - from shocking to random

About Tony Abbey

Tony Abbey

Tony Abbey has created and taught a wealth of FEA training material over the past 20 years. Thousands of engineers across the world have benefited from his live and e-learning based classes. He has developed a reputation for providing the student with an experience that is full of insight gained from his extensive experience, but which also challenges and motivates.Tony has been working with FEA for nearly 40 years, both in Industry and for leading FEA software providers in the UK and the US.

His informal and interactive presentation style allows the key concepts to be taught in a manner which involves participants fully in the course material. Tony presents papers at NAFEMS and other conferences on a regular basis and has been involved with NAFEMS since its formation. He has written a series of very popular articles on FEA for Desktop Engineering magazine.