Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has been used by engineers as a design tool in new product development since the early 1990's. Until recently, most FEA applications have been limited to static analysis due to the cost and complexity of advanced types of analyses. Progress in the commercial FEA software and in computing hardware has now made it practical to use advanced types as an everyday design tool of design engineers. In addition, competitive pressures and quality requirements demand a more in-depth understanding of product behavior under real life loading conditions. This course will enable participants to expand the scope of FEA to vibration analysis to simulate product behavior under those conditions.
This six-session web seminar introduces vibration analysis performed with Finite Element Analysis (FEA). By considering time-dependent loads and inertial and damping effects, vibration analysis allows for a more in-depth product simulation thus reducing product development cost and time. The course reviews basic concepts of vibration analysis and illustrates how they are implemented in FEA to simulate product behavior. The most common types of vibration analysis such as modal, time response, and frequency response will be covered.
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.
Participants should have a degree in mechanical engineering and have some experience with FEA either by participating in the SAE Finite Element Analysis for Design Engineers Web Seminar or Seminar or through equivalent work experience. Familiarity with Windows OS and some CAD is helpful. The textbook, “Engineering Analysis with SolidWorks® Simulation” by Paul Kurowski, is recommended reading.
By participating in this course, you will be able to:
The course will be of interest to design, R&D, project, and product engineers who already use Finite Element Analysis (FEA) as a design tool and would like to explore if and how vibration analysis with FEA may benefit the design process. It builds on participants' experience with static FEA and on knowledge of mechanical vibrations common to any mechanical engineer.
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Dr. 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 is the author of the SAE book, Finite Element Analysis for Design Engineers, Second Edition, and 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.