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Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (FEA) (Virtual Classroom)

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Explain and use introductory Finite Element Analysis (FEA) concepts underlying the creation of elements to make accurate approximations.

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  • Jul 08-10th, 2024




This course commences at 9:30 AM and ends at 6:00 PM Eastern each day, with breaks throughout.


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Originally developed for aerospace structural analysis, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) can help engineers simulate real-world conditions and find vulnerabilities in their design prototypes.  FEA is a convenient and speedy computer-aided engineering (CAE) tool for approximation of the solution to a wide variety of complicated engineering problems across a wide range of industries. 

The course provides a comprehensive first look at the capabilities of FEA for mechanical design and analysis, with an introduction to commercial Finite Element software.  In this course the brand-new user will be provided a basic understanding of the mathematic method through an introduction to the commercial software (Abaqus).  Participants review common mistakes and good practices for “simple” analyses.  Advanced topics include necessary mathematic description, demonstration of use of the software, and common mistakes and good practices, including Nonlinear analyses and Design by Analysis in FEA.

By participating in this course, you will learn how to successfully:

  • Explain the basic mathematic processes of finite element approximation, along with common error sources and good practices for avoiding them
  • Employ specific, FEA calculations for “advanced” analyses
  • Navigate through Abaqus software to conduct simple analyses and develop the skills to use the software on your own after class ends 
  • Explain the basic ideas behind ASME Design by Analysis requirements 

Who should attend?
Practicing Engineers with various levels of experience using finite element methods.
No specific prerequisites exist for this course, though knowledge of linear algebra would be helpful. 

Course Materials (included in purchase of course)

  • Digital course notes via ASME’s Learning Platform

Computer Usage

  • Each student will have access to an educational version of the FEA software, Abaqus, which will be used during this course. Please refer to the Abaqus website to ensure that your computer meets the system requirements, and you can download and install it before the start of class.

This ASME Virtual Classroom course is held live with an instructor on our online learning platform.   A Certificate of Completion will be issued to registrants who successfully attend and complete the course


Day One

  • Basic mathematics for linear FEA
  • Abaqus session for structural static and steady-state thermal analyses

Day Two

  • Common mistakes and good practices
  • Introduction to nonlinearity and FE methods for solution
  • Abaqus session: Material and Geometric nonlinearity 

Day Three

  • Additional Abaqus topics
  • Design by Analysis
  • Overview of a few additional capabilities in Abaqus

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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