FEA Beyond Basics: Nonlinear Analysis
I.D. # WB1725 Duration 7 Hours
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has been an indispensable tool for design simulation for several decades but this wide spread use has been limited to simple types of analyses. Relatively recently, more advanced analyses have given easy to use interfaces enabling design engineers to simulate problems formerly reserved for analysts. This three-session web seminar targets the FEA users who wish to explore those advanced analysis capabilities.


The course demonstrates how to move past the ubiquitous linear structural analysis and solve structural nonlinear problems characterized by nonlinear material, large displacements, buckling or nonlinear connectors. The discussion will help participants identify, set up and solve complex nonlinear problems and as well as use results of nonlinear analysis to support the product design process.



Learning Objectives
By participating in this web seminar, you will be able to:


  • Identify a need for a nonlinear structural analysis

  • Identify the types of nonlinearities

  • Employ correct problem definition and solution strategy

  • Select applicable modeling techniques

  • Assess and implement results of nonlinear analysis


Who Should Attend
The course is intended for design engineers who already have a foundational understanding of FEA but need to elevate its use to an advanced level to predict product behavior more closely. Familiarity or experience with FEA equivalent to or as covered in the Finite Element Analysis for Design Engineers web seminar or on-demand course is recommended.
Seminar Content
Session 1
  • Modal Analysis and Linear Buckling Analysis

    • Analogies and differences between modal analysis with pre-stress linear buckling analysis

    • Linear buckling analysis as an entry to nonlinear analysis

    • Structural stability


Session 2
  • Nonlinear Geometry Analysis

    • Large displacement

    • Stress stiffening/softening effect

    • Force and displacement boundary conditions

  • Contact Analysis

    • Contact

    • Interference

    • Bolt connectors


Session 3
  • Nonlinear Material Analysis

    • Plasticity

    • Residual stress

    • Hyper-elasticity

Instructor(s): Paul Kurowski
Paul KurowskiDr. Paul Kurowski is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. His teaching experience includes finite element analysis, machine design, mechanics of materials, kinematics and dynamics of machines, mechanical vibration and product development. He is also the President of Design Generator Inc., a consulting firm specializing in product development, design analysis and training in Computer Aided Engineering methods. Dr. Kurowski has published multiple technical papers and taught professional development seminars for SAE International, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Parametric Technology Corp. (PTC), Rand Worldwide, SolidWorks Corp. and other companies and professional organizations. He contributes regularly to several engineering publications focusing on the implementation of CAE methods into the product development process. He is a member of SAE International and the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario. Dr. Kurowski obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Warsaw Technical University and completed postdoctoral work at Kyoto University.

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NOTE: The course presentation will be recorded and made available for 30 days to those who register by the deadline.


Fees: $595 SAE Members*: $476 - $536
* The appropriate SAE Member discount will be applied through the Registration process.  Discounts vary  according to level of membership: Elite Member 20%; Premium Member 15%; Classic Member 10%
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