FEA Beyond Basics: Thermal Analysis
I.D. # WB1726 Duration 7 Hours
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a powerful and well recognized tool used in the analysis of heat transfer problems. However, FEA can only analyze solid bodies and, by necessity thermal analysis with FEA is limited to conductive heat transfer. The other two types of heat transfer: convection and radiation must by approximated by boundary conditions. Modeling all three mechanisms of heat transfer without arbitrary assumption requires a combined use of FEA and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

This three-session web seminar is for FEA users who need to expand thermal analysis to include heat transfer in solids and fluids without the use of arbitrary convective or radiative boundary conditions. The course demonstrates how FEA and CFD work together to solve conjugate heat transfer problems producing results that simulate real life problems.


All topics are illustrated using FEA software, SolidWorks® Simulation, for which participants will be provided a student license (compatible with 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10; IE 10,11; MS Excel and Word 2010, 2013, 2016) and opportunity to practice skills learned. Acquired skills, however, will not be software specific and no prior exposure to FEA software is required. In-class, hands-on exercises and between-session assignments will provide an opportunity to put what is learned into practice.


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


  • Identify mechanisms of heat transfer present in an analysis problem

  • Implement FEA and/or CFD to analyze heat transfer

  • Peform conjugate heat transfer analysis

  • Select applicable modeling techniques

  • Assess and implement results of thermal 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
  • Modeling Different Mechanisms of Heat Transfer

  • Steady State Thermal Analysis

  • Transient Thermal Analysis


Session 2
  • Overview of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)

  • Comparison between FEA and CFD

  • Internal and External Fluid Flow Problems

  • Interfacing between FEA and CFD

  • Conjugate Heat Flow


Session 3
  • Analysis of Convective Heat Transfer with CFD and FEA

  • Analysis of Radiative Heat Ttransfer with CFD and FEA

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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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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