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This is the course that design, project, and test engineers, and even managers should take as a first step toward engineering simulation democratisation. This course will empower the non-specialist to understand the value and purpose of up-front engineering simulation and optimise its implementation in analysis-driven design.
More and more, engineering simulation is being geared toward design engineers for initial sizing, configuration, and other decisions at the concept stage. The idea is to minimise the cost of design and development by avoiding costly corrections later in the development process as well as time-consuming back and forth between the design engineer and engineering analyst.
However, engineering simulation is only as good as the user’s understanding of it. In this course, the non-specialist will learn the fundamentals necessary for understanding simulation's role in the design process.
Throughout the course, the students will be engaged and challenged through a number of in-session exercises. This interaction between the students and instructor will solidify the students’ understanding of the material and accelerate their adoption of an engineering analysis mindset.
Design engineers, project engineers, project managers and any other non-specialists.
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.
|FEAkn1||List the various steps in the analysis/simulation process.|
|FEAkn2||Define the meaning of degree of freedom.|
|FEAkn3||List 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.|
|FEAkn4||Define the meaning of adaptive mesh refinement|
|FEAkn8||List the requirements for an axisymmetric analysis to be valid.|
|FEAkn9||List the degrees of freedom to be constrained on a symmetric boundary.|
|FEAkn12||List the advantages of using symmetry.|
|FEAkn16||List the various forms of element distortion.|
|FEAkn17||List the various element types commonly used in the analysis of components within your organisation.|
|FEAco1||Describe the sources of error inherent in finite element analysis, in general terms.|
|FEAco2||Discuss checks that may be used post-solution to check for the presence of inaccuracy.|
|FEAco5||Discuss the difficulties that can arise in using a CAD model as the basis for carrying out analysis and simulation.|
|FEAco6||Discuss the need for a consistent set of units in any analysis and illustrate possible pitfalls.|
|FEAco7||Explain why strains and stresses are generally less accurate than displacements for any given mesh of elements, using the Displacement FEM.|
|FEAco11||Discuss the finite element / spring analogy.|
|FEAco14||Discuss the nature of the structural stiffness matrix.|
|FEAco15||Discuss the integral equation for element stiffness, highlighting the variables which it is dependent upon.|
|FEAco24||Discuss the relationship between shape function and strain/stress prediction for simple 2D linear and parabolic elements.|
|FEAco26||Discuss the significance of computer memory to solution elapse time for large models.|
|FEAco29||Discuss the term Flying Structure or Insufficiently Constrained Structure.|
|FEAco31||Explain why most finite elements do not represent a circular boundary exactly and highlight how this approximation manifests itself.|
|FEAco35||Discuss the terms Validation and Verification and highlight their importance.|
|FEAco40||Explain the rationale behind the use of 1-D, 2-D and 3-D elements used in the analysis of components within your organisation.|
|FEAap2||Demonstrate effective use of available results presentation facilities.|
|FEAap3||Illustrate the approximate nature of finite element analysis, through examples chosen from your industry sector.|
|FEAap5||Illustrate possible applications of 0D, 1D, 2D and 3D elements in your industry sector.|
|FEAap6||Illustrate how you might apply a moment to a model consisting of 2D or 3D solids.|
|FEAap7||Employ symmetric boundary conditions effectively.|
|FEAap10||Illustrate 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.|
|FEAap12||Employ a range of post-solution checks to determine the integrity of FEA results.|
|FEAap13||Conduct validation studies in support of FEA.|
|FEAan1||Analyse the results from small displacement, linear static analyses and determine whether they satisfy inherent assumption|
|FEAan2||Compare the results from small displacement, linear elastic analyses with allowable values and comment on findings.|