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Originally developed for aerospace structural analysis, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is now a convenient and speedy tool for approximation of the solution to a wide variety of complicated engineering problems across a wide range of industries. This online, instructor-supported course explains how FEA can produce accurate, reliable approximate solutions, at a small fraction of the cost of more rigorous, closed-form analyses. It also provides the level of knowledge required to successfully use the FEA software packages currently available.
It is estimated that the course will, in total, require approximately 24 hours of work on the part of the student, over the duration of the six-week course.
The instructor recommends that students purchase Concepts and Applications of Finite Element Analysis, 4th Ed, (2002), by Robert D. Cook et al., John Wiley and Sons, Inc.: New York.
You Will Learn To
- Provide examples of all the steps necessary to conduct a successful FEA from start to finish
- Explain the concepts underlying the creation of elements which are used to make accurate approximations
- Use finite element software for more advanced structural, thermal analysis and basic modal analysis
Who Should Attend
Design, project, mechanical and R&D engineers, and R&D managers
No specific prerequisites exist for this course, though knowledge of linear algebra would be helpful. In addition, the material layout assumes familiarity with some of the concepts of strength of materials and from elementary thermodynamics. Detailed knowledge of these subjects is not necessary, but it would be helpful for the student to have a passing familiarity with concepts such as stress, strain, conductivity, etc.
The course will be delivered in an online format. In addition, each student will receive access to an educational version of the FEA software, Abaqus, which will be used in this course. The course software is available via download, FTP or on disk (disk sent upon request, only.)
Please note that Abaqus is incompatible with all Mac OS, however, it will run on any Windows platform.
To take this course you should have a personal computer, Web browser, Internet connection, and software to display PDF files (such as Adobe Reader).