Learn advanced topics in FEA and evaluating the behavior of assemblies under actual service conditions


LENGTH: 4 days; 8:30am to 4:30pm

PREREQUISITES: Knowledge of SOLIDWORKS and basic mechanical engineering concepts is recommended.

DESCRIPTION: This class provides an in-depth coverage on the basics of Finite Element Analysis (FEA), covering the entire process from meshing to evaluation of results for parts and assemblies. It discusses linear stress analysis covering the entire analysis process from meshing to evaluation of results for parts and assemblies, gap/contact analysis, and best practices.

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Lesson 1: 
Frequency Analysis of Parts

  • Modal Analysis Basics
  • Case Study: The Tuning Fork
  • Frequency Analysis With Supports
  • Frequency Analysis Without Supports
  • Frequency Analysis with Load

Lesson 2: 
Frequency Analysis of Assemblies

  • Case Study: The Engine Mount
  • All Bonded Contact Conditions
  • Bonded and Allow Penetration Contacts

Lesson 3: 
Buckling Analysis

  • Linear vs. Nonlinear Buckling Analysis
  • Buckling Factor of Safety (BFS)
  • Buckling Analysis Considerations
  • Case Study: Particle Separator

Lesson 4: 
load cases

  • Case Study: Scaffolding

Lesson 5: 

  • Case Study: Scaffolding
  • Part 1: Parent Study
  • Part 2: Child Study

Lesson 6: 
Topology Analysis

  • Case Study: Rear Bike Shock Link
  • Goals and Constraints
  • Manufacturing Controls
  • Mesh Effects
  • Load Cases in Topology Studies
  • Export Smoothed Mesh

Lesson 7: 
Thermal Analysis

  • Thermal Analysis Basics
  • Case Study: Microchip Assembly
  • Steady-State Thermal Analysis
  • Transient Thermal Analysis
  • Transient Analysis with Time Varying Load
  • Transient Thermal Analysis Using a Thermostat

Lesson 8: 
Thermal Analysis with Radiation

  • Case Study: Spot Light Assembly
  • Steady State Analysis

Lesson 9: 
beam elements - analysis of a conveyor frame 

  • Element Choices
  • Beam Elements
  • Truss Elements
  • Slenderness Ratio
  • Section Properties
  • Connected and Disconnected Joints
  • Sphere Diameter Defining Beam Joint
  • Beam Joints: Locations
  • Beam Joint Types
  • Render Beam Profile
  • Cross-Section 1st and 2nd Directions
  • Bending Moment and Shear Force Diagrams

Lesson 10: 
mixed meshing solids, beams & shells

  • Case Study: Suspension Design
  • Part 1: Multiple Load Cases
  • Part 2: Geometry Modification

Lesson 11: 
design study

  • Case Study: Suspension Design
  • Part 1: Multiple Load Cases
  • Part 2: Geometry Modification

Lesson 12: 
thermal stress analysis

  • Case Study: Bimetallic Strip
  • Examining Results in Local Coordinate Systems (Optional)
  • Saving Model in its Deformed Shape

Lesson 13: 
Advanced Thermal Stress2D Simplification 

  • Thermal Stress Analysis
  • Case Study: Metal Expansion Joint
  • 3D Model

Lesson 14: 
Fatigue Analysis

  • Stages of Failure due to Fatigue
  • High vs. Low Cycle Fatigue
  • Stress-Life (S-N) Based Fatigue
  • Case Study: Pressure Vessel
  • Fatigue Terminology
  • Fatigue Study
  • Fatigue Study with Dead Load

Lesson 15: 
Variable Amplitude Fatigue

  • Case Study: Suspension

Lesson 16: 
Drop Test Analysis

  • Case Study: Camera
  • Rigid Floor Drop Test
  • Elastic Floor, Elasto-Plastic Material
  • Elasto-Plastic Material Model
  • Drop Test with Contact (optional)

Lesson 17: 
Optimization Analysis

  • Case Study: Press Frame
  • Static and Frequency Analyses
  • Optimization Analysis
  • Design Study

Lesson 18: 
Pressure Vessel Analysis

  • Case Study: Pressure Vessel
  • Pressure Vessel Analysis
  • Manhole Nozzle Flange and Cover

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