Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics

  • Monday 19 February - Thursday 15 March 2018

Please note that this course is delivered over four weeks:

  • Week commencing 19 February 2018: All week
  • (Optional) Thursday 1 March 2018: 10.00-12.00
  • Week commencing 5 March 2018: All week
  • (Optional) Thursday 15 March 2018: 10.00-12.00

If you would like to be formally assessed, you must attend the optional sessions.

The fundamental principles of finite element technologies

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.

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.
  • Monday 19 February - Thursday 15 March 2018

Please note that this course is delivered over four weeks:

  • Week commencing 19 February 2018: All week
  • (Optional) Thursday 1 March 2018: 10.00-12.00
  • Week commencing 5 March 2018: All week
  • (Optional) Thursday 15 March 2018: 10.00-12.00

If you would like to be formally assessed, you must attend the optional sessions.

Further Information

Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics

Academic Module Outline

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.

Presenters

Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics

Presenters

Newcastle University
  • Prof Peter Gosling (Course Leader)

Fees

Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics

Fees

  • Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics
    • £2235

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.

[ Information about Cancellations ]

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. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).