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Next Steps with Multibody Dynamics Simulation

How can I create advanced MBD models ?
How can I simulate nonlinear effects using MBD technology ?
How can I include more realism in my MBD models ?

Get the answers to these questions and more with this industry-leading, code-independent e-learning course.

Next Steps with Multibody Dynamics Simulation

This 3-session course offers guidance on how to assess and plan the task of carrying out advanced Multibody Simulation Analysis of systems and mechanisms. By attending, you will build a theoretical, numerical and methodological background which will allow you to build advanced MBD models.

Examples are discussed in detail to illustrate the different technologies. Focus is put on how to introduce more realism in an MBS model so to better replicate the physics, ending up with latest trends in the discipline, and special focus on the observed convergence between MBD and Finite Element Analysis, including:

  • Engineering assessment – is your model realistic?
  • Going through advanced concepts like gear models, tires, contact
  • Specific MBD packages and verticals
  • Introducing more realism through the use of nonlinear flexible bodies
  • Optimizing a model
  • Simulating Multiphysics, …
  • Link with PLM


What will you learn?

Attendees will explore:

  • How to build advanced MBS models using commercial codes
  • How to manage tricky aspects of complex model building
  • How to include more realism in my MBD models
  • How MBS and FEA are converging so to better simulate nonlinear effects
  • How to model Multiphysics, how to optimize an MBD model


Who should attend?

  • Designers, Engineers interested in MBS and looking to build models better representing the physics
  • Engineers familiars with numerical simulation but not MBS and interested in moving to this area
  • Designers of systems, interested in using MBD for the simulation of complex systems and subsystems
  • Engineers familiar with MBS but interested in new trends like use of nonlinear flexible bodies, links with PLM, …

Strong effort is made for the course to be MBD software neutral. However, examples from some of the more well-known and popular software may be used throughout the sessions.

The course is completely code independent.


Course Process and Details

This is a 3-session online training course, with each session lasting approximately 2 hours, depending on homework submissions, questions & discussions.

You can attend the sessions live, and/or stream on demand. For additional info on telephony charges please email e-learning @ .

A full set of notes in PDF format will be available for download.

Personal passwords are provided to allow you to access e-learning backup material via our discussion forum. Reading lists, homework submissions and supplementary information are all available via the discussion forum.

To get the most out of the course, participation in forum discussions is very much encouraged. Typically the forum remains open for 4 weeks after the last live session, giving you plenty of time to catch up with homework, review and ask questions.

Note: homework is purely voluntary

Course Program

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Session 1: Introducing Realism in MBD


  • Physical
  • Build, test, review, improve
  • Flexible linear bodies and access to local stresses
  • Contact (advanced)
  • 2D contact, 3D contact
  • Rigid-rigid contact
  • Rigid-flexible contact
  • Flexible-flexible contact
  • Contact in special joints
  • What can go wrong ?
  • Examples: Model with contact
  • Advanced kinematic joints: Chains, tracks, belts, …


Session 2: Introducing Realism in MBD (cont.)


  • Advanced kinematic joints: The special case of gears
  • Example: Simple gear box, then gear box with meshed gear
  • Abstract systems modeling elements
  • From mechanics to mechatronics
  • Nonlinear flexible bodies
  • Tires
  • When test data and MBS complement each other


Session 3: When MBD and FE Converge


  • Natural synergy between FEA and MBS
  • Co simulation of MBD and nonlinear FE
  • Coupling of MBD and nonlinear: How to create very large models involving MBD and FE concepts so to simulate complex mechanisms
  • MBD and Multiphysics: Ex of wind turbines
  • MBS plug ins

MBD Today

  • Specific packages and verticals
  • Example of car dynamics (process)
  • Example of transmission builder
  • Process automation
  • Open architecture
  • Optimizing design based on MBS models
  • Link with PLM



PSE Competencies addressed by this training course 

IDCompetence Statement


Event Type eLearning
Member Price £257.05 | $325.00 | €304.08
Non-member Price £388.34 | $491.00 | €459.40
Tutor: Patrick Morelle


Start Date End Date Location

Session Times

Next Steps with Multibody Dynamics Simulation

Three-Session Online Training Course

2 hours per session
PDH Credits - 6

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 @ ) 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 @ in advance for group discounts.

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