## Basic Finite Element Analysis

New to FEA and concerned about how to use it in the real world?

# Basic Finite Element Analysis

The six-session course offers excellent guidance on how to assess and plan the task of carrying out structural analysis using FEA.

Finite Element Analysis 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 types
• solution types
• meshing methods
• pre-post processing options

This is before we 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!

## Why an e-learning class?

Travel and training budgets are always tight! The e-Learning course has been developed to help you meet your training needs.

## Course Program

### Session 1

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

### Session 2

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

### Session 3

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

### Session 4

• Homework Review
• 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
• Homework

### Session 5

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

### Session 6

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

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## PSE Competencies addressed by this training course

### Details

Event Type eLearning £306.21 | \$390.00 | €335.23 £451.46 | \$575.00 | €494.25 Tony Abbey

### Dates

Start Date End Date Location

Session Times

Online

#### 2.5/3 hours per session PDH Credits - 15

Attend the live sessions, or view the recordings at your convenience.

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Engineering Board PDH Credits

*It is your individual responsibility to check whether these e-learning courses satisfy the criteria set-out by your state engineering board. NAFEMS does not guarantee that your individual board will accept these courses for PDH credit, but we believe that the courses comply with regulations in most US states (except Florida, North Carolina, Louisiana, and New York, where providors are required to be pre-approved)

### Special Note(s):

Telephony surcharges may apply for attendees who are located outside of North America, South America and Europe. These surcharges are related to individuals who join the audio portion of the web-meeting by calling in to the provided toll/toll-free teleconferencing lines. We have made a VoIP option available so anyone attending the class can join using a headset (headphones) connected to the computer. There is no associated surcharge to utilize the VoIP option, and is actually encouraged to ensure NAFEMS is able to keep the e-Learning course fees as low as possible. Please send an email to the e-Learning coordinator (e-learning @ nafems.org ) to determine if these surcharges may apply to your specific case.

Just as with a live face-to-face training course, each registration only covers one person. If you plan to register a large group (10+), please send an email to e-learning @ nafems.org in advance for group discounts.