This course delivers the skillset in linear or structural modeling that is required to solve structural problems from which you can develop finite element (FE) models for practical applications. It also teaches how results can be correctly interpreted. The course uses an open source FE package in a series of weekly practical sessions where models are constructed for sample problems and results are validated against simplified analytical models or open literature.
The majority of professionals in many branches of mechanical engineering will benefit from adding FEM to their skills array. The ability to develop modeling skills under supervision in a non-critical environment means that skills and techniques can be acquired in a logical, progressive manner.
The main topics of this course:
- finite element method
- linear static analysis
- finite element type formulation
- finite element model setup using commercial software
- plane stress/strain
In this course you will gain:
- Strong theoretical understanding of FEM
- Application of FEM to practical engineering problems
- Efficient modeling techniques
- Understanding the importance of verification and validation
Practicals and assignments are done using either Abaqus or Patran/Nastran (based on your preference). After finishing this course, or if you have sufficient experience with stress/structural analysis, you may choose to take the second-course non-linear modeling.