Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is considered as one of the most powerful tools in the assessment of strength of engineering structures, but in order to make use of this tool it is necessary to have background knowledge of the underlying theory. This course is aimed at engineers, of various disciplines, who intend to use the commercially available FEA Packages to analyse structures. Participants are assumed to have knowledge of the basic principles of structural mechanics. Some knowledge of FEM is an advantage, but not essential. The syllabus will include: General overview of the technique, Finite element types (bars, beams, 2D, 3D, plate and shell elements) and their derivation via constant and higher order shape functions, pre and post processing, basic terminology, range of applications, basic introduction to materials modelling. Multidimensional FE modelling; Constitutive models in FE codes; FE model development; Assembly of stiffness matrices, loading and boundary conditions, material models, convergence; Advanced FE techniques; Modelling of 2D and 3D problems, buckling, non-linear analysis, advanced non-linear material models including failure and damage, explicit methods for dynamic problems; FE modelling accuracy, efficient meshing techniques, convergence and model verification.
Engineers and scientists involved in the design, operation and assessment of both onshore and offshore structures and their associated equipment. Personnel from oil companies, consultancy organisations, classification societies and certifying authorities will benefit from attending this course.
Date: 29-30 November 2017
Venue: St Georges Building
5 St Vincent Place
Glasgow, G1 2DH