Basic FE Analysis

November 29th - December 20th 2012 / Four-Week Online Training Course / one 2.5 hour session per week / Engineering Board PDH Credits: 10 hours*

Bernau am Chiemsee, (PresseBox) - FEA has become widely used and universally accepted in many industry sectors. FEA is a powerful technique, able to produce solutions to challenging structural analysis problems. The technology and computational efficiency of the method, together with the rapid increases in computer processing power means that today the scope and size of simulations far exceeds the capabilities of even a few years ago.

However for those engineers embarking on FEA, or companies adopting the technique to improve designs or achieve certification of new products, there is a steep learning curve to overcome.

There are a bewildering array of element types, solution types, meshing methods and pre-post processing options that have to be faced. 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.

NAFEMS, the only vendor neutral, not-for-profit organization with the aim of promoting the effective and reliable use of FEA, addresses this requirement by providing this e-learning course to supplement its traditional 3 day live class.

Students are shown the background to the FEA methodology, via simple real examples with a minimum of theory. The strength and weaknesses of the various FEA techniques are shown and discussed. Practical considerations of loadings, boundary conditions and structural details are shown by numerous examples.

The assessment, validation and interpretation of FEA results are vital for delivering safe, effective products. A process is shown which provides confidence in the results and aims to provide conservative, reliable and qualified results.

The course offers excellent guidance on how to assess and plan the task of carrying out a structural analysis using FEA. A clear understanding of the objectives of each analysis is vital and a road map for achieving this is presented. A review of the tradeoff between available resource and analysis methodology is given.

who should attend?

This course is aimed at engineers who wish to learn more about how to apply finite element techniques to static linear analysis in the most effective manner. Ideally a student should have some experience of FEA analysis, but this is not essential. The material that is presented is independent of any particular software package, making it ideally suited to current and potential users of all commercial finite element software systems. This course is a must for all engineers aiming to use FEA as a reliable predictive tool for structural analysis.

E-learning classes are ideal for companies with a group of engineers requiring training. E-learning classes can be provided to suit your needs and timescale. Contact us to discuss your requirements.

This course serves as a 'bite-size' introduction to FEA, and is complemented by a more in-depth series of 'in-person' training courses in the UK, USA, Germany and France. It is recommended that attendees at this e-learning course go on to supplement the knowledge gained online by attending one of our industry-leading in-person training courses. Details can be found here in the training course section of the website.

Why e-learning?

study at any time, day or night
no travel costs or time out of the office
review the class at your leisure
spread your learning over a number of weeks
access full course recordings after the course has ended


"This course did everything right. From organization to presentation to interaction, this is a good model for what online training should be."

*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).

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