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Get to grips with Solid Mechanics in a concise, practical, and modular way.
Understanding Solid Mechanics is a set of 30 stand-alone courses addressing all aspects of solid mechanics that are important for designers and engineers who wish to gain a good understanding of the main theories underlying solid mechanics.
The courses cover solid mechanics topics in a concise and practical manner. Unlike traditional university courses, these courses avoid lengthy mathematical derivations and highlight many practical examples to illustrate the application of solid mechanics theories in modelling and analysing engineering structures. Where possible, exercises that can be done by hand are included so that attendees can test their knowledge. Full solutions will be provided within a few weeks of completing the course.
These courses can be taken in a number of ways:
Attendees will learn about the solid mechanics and basic theories that are widely used in engineering design, analysis and simulation. All courses are designed as stand-alone sessions but these can be grouped for a particular focus.
All you need as a pre-requisite is a working knowledge of engineering design and simulation. All of the modular courses are independent of any finite element software code.
The courses are loosely grouped in the following themes:
This course will provide an overview of basic mechanics concepts such as forces, statics and equilibrium, etc., and will give delegates a good understanding of force, static and equilibrium and how to utilise free body diagrams.
This course will provide a full overview of fundamental stress and strains analysis, and give delegates a good understanding of stress and strain components and evaluating stress and strain at a material point.
This course will provide an overview of some of the most well-known material relationships used in engineering analysis, and the various material relationships that define the calculation of stress from strain.
This course will provide an overview of hand calculations used in engineering analysis that help engineers/designers carry out strength of component calculations without a detailed understanding of the basic solid mechanics theories. It will show delegates how to carry out hand calculations using established equations and tables that are useful in design and analysis.
This course will provide a detailed overview of how boundary conditions and external loads can be expressed to enable the analysis of engineering structures. Delegates will get a good understanding of how boundary conditions and applied loads on the surface of a structure can be described and checked.
The course will cover the analysis of stresses arising in beam-like structures.
The course will cover the analysis of stresses arising in thick cylinders under pressure.
The course will provide an overview of determining forces and stresses in shells, membranes and plates. Both thin and thick shells will be included as well as standard configurations such as cylinders and spheres where specific equations can be developed.
The course will provide an overview of shear stress and twisting or torsion in circular bars and shafts, including those of non-circular cross section.
The course will provide an overview (but not every little detail) of the internal finite element mathematical steps and calculations that are carried out when a linear static analysis is carried out.
The course will provide an overview (but not every little detail) of many numerical techniques used in finite element software.
Engineers and designers wishing to understand the background to solid mechanics in order to improve their analysis and simulation capacity.
Engineers looking to refresh and improve their knowledge in solid mechanics.
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.
The solid mechanics modular courses are designed to cover many of the topics covered in the NAFEMS PSE competencies. However, it should be noted that the modular courses will be focused on the understanding of solid mechanics theories used in engineering and design, rather than topics that address FE simulations.
The relevant PSE competency Technical Areas partially covered by the solid Mechanics courses are:
•Core Finite Element Analysis
•Mechanics, Elasticity and Strength of Materials
•Materials for Analysis and Simulation
•Flaw Assessment and Fracture Mechanics
•Nonlinear Geometric Effects and Contact
•Beams, Membranes, Plates and Shells
•Dynamics and Vibration
•Buckling and Instability
•Composite Materials and Structures
•Creep and Time-Dependency