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International Course: Finite Element Analysis of (Reinforced) Concrete Structures (19 to 22-Mar-2013)

Dates:  Tuesday, 19th to Friday, 22nd March 2013 

Venue: TNO DIANA BV, Delftechpark 19a, 2628 XJ, Delft, The Netherlands

Language: English   Deadline: 4 March 2013

TNO DIANA BV is pleased to invite you to its training course on Nonlinear Analysis of Reinforced Concrete Structures. The training course consists of a balanced mixture of lectures and hands-on computer analyses with the DIANA finite element software. 

Course Description 


  • The course focuses on the application of the finite element method in structural analysis of concrete structures. The lectures will be followed by exercises to provide participants with hands-on experience relevant to the presented theory
  • The course focuses on nonlinear analysis of (reinforced) concrete structures, with emphasis on crack modelling. Delegates will learn good-practice in nonlinear finite element analysis. They will learn also criteria for choosing among different crack models available, convergence criteria, and setting the corresponding parameters

Who should attend?

The course is designed for practising engineers or academics who wish to learn more about finite element analysis techniques using DIANA. The course content will be relevant to current and potential users of finite element software and engineers involved in consultancy services.


Exercises and case studies are based on the software DIANA. DIANA (DIsplacement ANAlyzer) is an extensive multipurpose finite element software package that is dedicated, but not exclusive, to analysis of a wide range of problems arising in civil and oil & gas engineering including structural, geotechnical, tunnelling, and earthquake engineering disciplines. DIANA development started in 1973 at the Department of Computational Mechanics of TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Research). In the 1980s, DIANA was made commercially available and since then is distributed worldwide among universities, research organisations and engineering companies. In 2003, the department of computational mechanics of TNO became a wholly owned subsidiary of TNO, with the name TNO DIANA BV in Delft, The Netherlands.

A one month trial version of DIANA will be available to first time users of DIANA.   This trial will be made available during the course.


  • Timing for the course on each day is: 9.00am - 5.30pm
  • Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop, please ensure that your laptop meets the minimum requirements as described on our support page
  • Lunches and refreshments are provided

Outline Agenda

It is not necessary to attend all four days of the course, however for new users it is advisable to attend the first day in order to gain a basic understanding of the software in order to continue on to days 2, 3 and/or 4.

19 March 2013 (day 1)

  • Introduction to DIANA
  • Pre- and post-processing 
  • Geometry modelling and meshing concepts
  • Hands-on exercises

20 March 2013 (day 2)

  • Nonlinear analysis and analysis procedures
  • Hands-on exercises

21 March 2013 (day 3)

  • Crack modelling
  • Modelling of reinforcement
  • Pre-/ and post-tensioning
  • Modelling of creep and shrinkage

22 March 2013 (day 4) 

  • Workshop (Bring your own modelling problems and we will help you solve them!)


          Fee        Student Fee
1 day attendance €350 €150
2 day attendance €550 €300
3 day attendance €850 €400
4 day attendance €1050 €500







  • Prices exclude VAT
  • Prices include a 1 month trial of the DIANA software 
  • Students are asked to provide evidence that they are enrolled in a relevant programme of study in order to qualify for the reduced enrolment fee


To request further information about the course please contact us via courses@tnodiana.com, otherwise please complete the following enrolment form.

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