Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

# Short Courses (CPD)

### Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics

Finite element analysis is widely used in engineering and physics. This course demonstrates how we can apply the method to structural analysis and mechanics.

We'll help you to understand the fundamental principles of finite element technologies. You'll also develop an appreciation of some advanced aspects, and be able to demonstrate their application through the solution of a number of simulations.

We describe the finite element method in the framework of structural mechanics, providing displacement, stress and strain solutions. We use and apply the classical formulation of the finite element descriptions to a number of benchmark problems. We present and assess detailed theoretical developments.

#### Who is the course aimed at?

The course provides an equal mix of theoretical basis and practical software applications. It is aimed at professionals interested in obtaining a thorough understanding of the fundamental theory underlying the finite element method, and applying the principles of the method to solve a number of structural mechanics problems.

This course is also delivered on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes in the School of Engineering, and you will attend alongside full and part time registered students.

##### Course dates

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Please submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

Please note that this course is delivered over four weeks.

## Objectives and Outline

### Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics

#### Course Objectives

The course will enable you to place the finite element method in the context of structural analysis and structural mechanics. The course provides an understanding of:

• the concept of minimum potential energy and equilibrium in 3-D
• the derivation of expressions describing the stiffness matrices and equivalent nodal load vectors for simple linear plane-stress finite elements
• co-ordinate transformation and its use in the finite element method

You'll develop:

• an understanding of more advanced concepts in structural analysis (plate bending, dynamics and vibrations) within the context of the finite element method
• an introductory understanding of non-linear problems, including geometric non-linearity and elastoplasticity
• an understanding of the significance, calculation and interpretation of numerical errors and convergence criteria.

You'll also appy the finite element method using a commercial FEA code (eg ABAQUS) to solve linear, non-linear, static, and dynamic problems in structural mechanics.

#### Course Outline

• Introduction to fundamental principles of the finite element method in the context of structural mechanics;
• Displacement-based elements for structural mechanics;
• Co-ordinate transformation;
• Numerical errors and convergence;
• Introduction to plates and shells;
• Introduction to finite elements in dynamics and vibrations;
• Stress-stiffening and buckling;
• Introduction to geometric and material non-linear problems.
##### Course dates

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Please submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

Please note that this course is delivered over four weeks.

## Further Information

### Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8309) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

#### Course Materials

During the course, you will be able to access course materials electronically using the University Wifi. We suggest that you bring a laptop or tablet with PDF viewer if you wish to refer to the notes during the course. Please ensure that you make sure your electronic device is fully charged, as access to charging points may be limited within the lecture rooms.

#### Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

## Fees

### Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics

#### Fees

• Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics
• £2235 (duration 10 days)

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved.