Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a computer-aided engineering (CAE) tool used to analyze how a design reacts under real-world conditions. Useful in structural, vibration, and thermal analysis, FEA has been widely implemented by automotive companies and is used by design engineers as a tool during the product development process. Design engineers analyze their own designs while they are still in the form of easily modifiable CAD models to allow for quick turnaround times and to ensure prompt implementation of analysis results in the design process. While FEA software is readily available, successful use of FEA as a design tool still requires an understanding of FEA basics.
This introduction to FEA will expose you to key concepts in FEA and give an overview of the FEA process, including the steps needed to conduct FEA, finite element types and orders, common assumptions that lead to serious errors in results, and areas you should be concerned with when discretizing a model. This SAE-produced course also includes an introduction to discretization error and convergence analysis and explains how they impact results in FEA projects.
While the course module is just over 50 minutes in length, the estimated time to completion, including knowledge checks and the learning assessment is one hour.
By participating in this On Demand course, you will be able to:
This SAE-produced course addresses the needs of design engineers who are not specialized analysts but need to use the Finite Element Analysis to analyze a new product during the design process. Also non-specialist FEA users, R&D engineers and managers, project engineers, and product engineers can benefit from FEA concepts.
Select the Purchase Options tab for details on buying this introductory module only, the core modules that build on the introduction, or the complete, full course package.
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Longer courses are divided into several components called modules. They may be purchased through the following options:
Introductory module – If you’d like only an introduction or overview of the topic, this module can be purchased as a stand-alone course.
Core modules – After completing the introductory module, you may purchase the remaining course modules as one package, without the need to repurchase the introductory module.
Full course – If you'd like to take the complete course, this purchase option includes all the course modules in one package.