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# Basic Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

 Duration: 2.5 days Delivery: E-learningOnsite Classroom Language: English Level: Introductory Availability: Worldwide Tutor(s): Tony Abbey
Learn how to use FEA in the real world, not just on paper.

FEA is a powerful, widely used and universally accepted technique. However, for those new to FEA there is a steep learning curve to overcome, with a bewildering array of element and solution types, meshing, loading and constraint methods, and pre-post processing options This is before we even get down to the engineering physics behind the problem, with 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.

Content includes:

• Background to FEA
• Making healthy models
• Engineering assessment – is your model realistic
• Integrating with CAD and geometry
• Checking the answers – guilty until proven innocent!

## Course Program

### Part 1

• History and background
• FEA Process
• Element Stiffness Matrices
• Avoiding Free Motion
• Degrees of Freedom

### Part 2

• Displacement shape functions
• Element Types
• A sanity check on FEA
• A simple case study
• Beam structure example

### Part 3

• Controlling DOF
• Special elements and methods
• Element stress inaccuracies
• Convergence checking

### Part 4

• Local Stress Raisers
• Real World Boundary Conditions
• Summary of FEA Model Checks
• Checks prior to analysis
• Pre Processor and Meshing Checks
• Auxiliary Analysis Checks
• Solver Checks
• Post Processor Checks
• Reporting

### Part 5

• Making Life Simpler
• Cylinder Example
• Understanding the Objective of an FEA analysis
• Looking Critically at CAD Geometry
• Why Not Use 20 Million Elements

### Part 6

• Free Body Diagrams
• Types of stresses
• Assessing Stresses
• Checking Results
• Other Solution Types
• Conclusions

### Who Should Attend?

Engineers, analysts and managers who want to get a grounding in basic FEA concepts and techniques.

### Interested?

Get in touch to discuss your next steps with our experienced training team. We can work closely with you to understand your specific requirements, cater for your specific industry sector or analysis type, and produce a truly personalised training solution for your organisation.

All NAFEMS training courses are entirely code independent, meaning they are suitable for users of any software package.

Courses are available to both members and non-members of NAFEMS, although member organisations will enjoy a significant discount on all fees.

NAFEMS course tutors enjoy a world-class reputation in the engineering analysis community, and with decades of experience between them, will deliver tangible benefits to you, your analysis team, and your wider organisation.