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Finite Element Dynamics Primer

Finite Element Analysis Dynamics Primer


The NAFEMS Education and Training Working Group (ETWG) wishes to commission an update and replace the NAFEMS publication “Finite Element Dynamics Primer"

The original NAFEMS book “A Finite Element Dynamics Primer” was published in 1992 and has proved to be a popular and useful introduction to the FE analysis of dynamic problems. The new Dynamics Primer is intended to replace the original Primer and cover up-to-date theory and practices of FE modelling of dynamics problems.


This deliverable should be aimed at a graduate level industrial user who is familiar with basic simulation analysis in dynamic problems, but is inexperienced in the FE analysis of practical engineering dynamic problems.


The following topics are expected to be included:

  • Theoretical background to dynamics
  • Classifications of dynamic problems
  • Experimental dynamic testing
  • FE formulations of Dynamics
  • FE modelling considerations
  • Interpretation of dynamics FE results
  • FE dynamics examples (reflecting several types of practical dynamic problems)
  • Advanced FE dynamic problems (e.g. sectorially symmetric structures and multi-body dynamics)
  • Concluding remarks


The total cost of authoring the publication is not to exceed £8000GBP. It is expected that the book will be completed within 18 months.


Potential authors should submit the following:

  • A brief description of the main topics to be covered
  • Chapter and section headings with an approximate number of pages per chapter
  • Timescale for completing the book
  • Cost
  • CVs of the authors (Maximum two pages per author)

Professional Simulation Engineer Competencies Addressed by the Proposed Publication

Potential authors should review the competencies in the Dynamics and Vibration technical area of the PSE tracker. Proposals should identify in their proposal the PSE competencies that the proposed publication is anticipated to address.


Applicants are advised to study existing NAFEMS publications in this field before submitting a bid. The following NAFEMS publications are relevant in this field:


NAFEMS publications of dynamics benchmarks include:


Interested potential authors should request additional information using the following email address: parties are encouraged to submit proposals by the 31st of January 2024.


The proposals will be reviewed by the Education and Training Working Group