Non-linear FE Analysis four-week online training course | one 2.5 hour session per week

April 8th - May 6th 2013 / Engineering Board PDH Credits: 10 hours*

(PresseBox) ( Bernau am Chiemsee, )
Many problems facing designers and engineers are nonlinear in nature. The response of a structure cannot be simply assessed using linear assumptions.

Nonlinear behavior can take many forms and can be bewildering to the newcomer. All physical systems in the real world are inherently nonlinear in nature.

One of the most difficult tasks facing an engineer is to decide whether a nonlinear analysis is really needed and if so what degree of nonlinearity should be applied.

Looking at a bolt heavily loaded in an attachment fitting, it may be that the change in stiffness and load distribution path are critical in evaluating peak stress levels. Perhaps the assembly is in an overload condition and we need to check that plastic growth is stable and there is no ultimate failure - bent but not broken!

A flange on a connector arm may be under compressive load, but also sees heavy bending. We need to assess the resistance to buckling with deflection dependent loading paths and possible plastic behavior.

Whatever the nature of the challenge, this objective of this course is to break down the nonlinear problem into clearly defined steps, give an overview of the physics involved and show how to successfully implement practical solutions using Finite Element Analysis.

who should attend?

This course is aimed at practicing engineers who wish to learn more about how to apply finite element techniques to nonlinear 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 nonlinear analysis.
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