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Advanced Finite Element Analysis

Take your finite element analysis skills to the next level with ASME's Advanced FEA course including command-line input & design optimization for Abaqus.

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  • Jul 08-Aug 19th, 2024


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  • Oct 21-Dec 02nd, 2024



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Based on practical application of Abaqus software, this course builds on the introductory level course to provide a fuller appreciation of how Abaqus works as well as FEA in general. This Training consists of five modules, the course emphasizes the various aspects of structural analysis. The topics covered can also be abstracted to provide a useful guide for use of FEA for non-structural applications.
This is an online, instructor-supported course, allowing you to work at your own pace and convenience. Each module has a short quiz to be performed after it is completed. In addition, there is a final exam to be completed after all modules are reviewed.

Modules include written materials and video demonstrations. Virtual office hour(s) will be provided for live interaction with the instructor.
By participating in the course you will learn how to successfully:

  • Execute command-line input for Abaqus
  • Perform basic structural dynamics, including free vibrational and harmonic response analyses
  • Perform basic transient dynamic analysis for structural applications
  • Perform nonlinear structural analyses
  • Perform design sensitivity analysis and coupled field analysis
  • Navigate the Abaqus user manuals to explore additional features and available procedures as the student may have need

Who Should Attend?
Anyone wishing to gain better insight into the application of Abaqus software to FEA requirements

As this is an “advanced” course, it is expected that the student will enter into the course with knowledge of basic FEA principles, such as:

  • Basic terminology (node, element, degrees of freedom, etc.)
  • Basic mathematical principles (element equations f = kd; global equations (F+R) = KD; etc.)
  • Concepts of shape functions and interpolation functions
  • Have a basic familiarity with Abaqus. 

This last is not critical, as the Abaqus documentation includes several good tutorials which should help the student to get up to speed, and the first modules of this course are written to provide a “brush-up” on the use of Abaqus. However, it would be beneficial to the learner if they enter the course with some familiarity with Abaqus.
Computer Usage

  • Please refer to the Abaqus website to ensure that your computer meets the system requirements.

Course Materials (included in purchase of course):

  • Digital course notes via ASME’s Learning Platform

A Certificate of Completion will be issued to registrants who successfully complete the course and achieve a passing score of 75% or higher on the final exam.


Module 1 - Abaqus Command Line Inputs

  • A method for entering commands into the Graphic User Interface, as an alternative to using graphical means.
  • A means of creating files for run in batch-mode
    • This method admits quick, easy editing, and can be used to create sophisticated programs within the Abaqus environment

Module 2 - Nonlinear FEA

  • Geometric, material and contact nonlinearities

Module 3 - Contact problems in Abaqus

  • Abaqus/ Standard vs. Abaqus Explicit
  • Example problems

Module 4 - Structural Dynamics

  • Modal analysis (free vibration)
  • Harmonic response (steady-state response to harmonic loading)
  • Transient analysis (response to arbitrary time-varying force)

Module 5 - Additional Capabilities of FEA

  • Additional Capabilities of FEA, with reference to Abaqus

Course materials are specific to Abaqus software; students not familiar with Abaqus will need to perform a bit of “catch-up” work with the software in order to come up to speed. This is easily done using the Abaqus-provided tutorials that are contained in the Abaqus “Help” documentation.
All modules have specific worked examples; many have reference to additional examples that can be explored by students working on their own initiatives.



Scott Steinbrink, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Gannon University

Dr. Scott Steinbrink holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech, as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering. He is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Gannon University, in Erie, PA.

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