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An introduction to thermal analysis in solid structures

An introduction to thermal analysis in solid structures


NAFEMS wishes to commission an author to the on-demand course “An introduction to thermal analysis in solid structures”. Thermal FEA is an established approach in applications for electronics cooling, automotive, aerospace, and energy for the calculation of thermal distortions and stresses.

Intended Readership

The intended readership consists of simulation engineers involved with structural FEA and CFD.


The publication is expected to provide a practical guide, with links to underlying theory for analysts, including (but not limited to) the following topics:

  • Introduction to heat transfer (conduction, convection, and radiation, material properties and their temperature dependence),
  • Different approaches to consider the effect of fluids,
  • Introduction to FEA for heat transfer (element types, solution methods),
  • Introduction to the concepts of sequential and coupled calculation of thermal stresses and distortions,
  • Best practices related to setting up thermal analyses,
  • Best practices related to interpreting simulation results (e.g., thermal gradients and stresses),
  • Best practices related to drawing design relevant conclusions and documenting results,
  • Documented application examples.


The on-demand course is aimed to be delivered through the NAFEMS Learning Hub, consisting of text, formulas, figures, videos, and downloadable files. Further specification and support will both be provided by the NAFEMS technical and marketing teams. The approximate learning time of the total course for course attendees is expected to be around 3 to 5 hours.


The total cost is not expected to exceed £6000 (GBP), and it is expected that the course will be completed within 12 months from NAFEMS approval.

Guidance for Proposals

Each proposal should consist of:

  • The proposed structure of the course with specification of the individual examples,
  • Work plan including milestones and interim deliveries for early review,
  • Cost,
  • The authors' credentials, curriculum vitae, etc. (Proposals from single authors and consortia will be considered.),
  • The PSE competencies that the publication is anticipated to address. Please review the list of PSE competencies in the “Thermo-Mechanical Behaviour” technical area. Contact to obtain access.


All proposals should be sent to NAFEMS at to arrive no later than 1st of January 2025.