Introduction to Finite Element Analysis


Why Attend & Who Should Attend? 

This 4-module course focuses on getting participants familiar with finite element analysis, and provides a basic practical level of expertise with DIANA FEA. Participants will have access to DIANA during the course to practice their newly acquired skills and, upon successful completion of the course receive DIANA Certification. 

The course is designed in mind for engineers, or academics who are moving into the area of Finite Element Analysis using DIANA, or those who need to refresh their knowledge. 

Course Particulars

The course is divided into 4 modules, each module will be approximately 2hrs in length, and will include lectures, live demos or insights, and discussions.  Upon successful completion certification will be provided. 

Dates:  25 January, 27 January, 1 February & 3 February (2hrs per module)

Language:  English

Cost: €200 per module. Each course module can be purchased separately or the complete course can be offered at a discounted price of €750.  Additional discounts can be organised for group attendance (more than three persons), for more information please contact us.

Continuing Professional Development:  Constructeursregister:  4 KE/PE-points (or 1 KE/PE-point for each module attended)*

About the Tutor

Dr. Jean-Claude Bauruelle obtained his MSc in Physics from Caen University, France and received his PhD in Civil Engineering from INSA Lyon, France (2003).  He previously worked as a research engineer at TNO BOUW in the department of Computational Mechanics (2002), followed by the department of Civil Infrastructure (2003-2005). He joined DIANA FEA BV in 2006 as a support engineer. He is now our Knowledge Center Manager in charge of our e-learning and teaching activities.

* Continuing Professional Development. Registered (or chartered) designers, chartered engineers and registered construction supervisors (register-ontwerpers, register-constructeurs en register-toetsers) receive points for permanent education or entry to the Constructeursregister

  • Getting Started with FEA 
    • What is finite element analysis?
    • Why carry out finite element analyses? 
    • Capabilities of FEA programs like DIANA
    • What to expect from the results of finite element analyses 
  • Basic principles of FEA 
    • Idealization & discretization 
    • Interpolation function (linear, polynomials) 
    • Equilibrium equation 
    • Practical case: 1D simple bar axially loaded 
  • Basic steps to perform a complete FEA analysis in DIANA 
  • Case study: Modelling 1D simple bar axially loaded 
  • Post-processing results 

After completion of this module, you will have a good understanding of the benefits of carrying out a finite element analysis. You will be able to perform a simple linear elastic static analysis in DIANA, and have a basic understanding of the finite element method. 

  • Element types
  • Finite element formulations
    • Truss
    • Beam
    • Plate
      • Membrane
      • Bending
    • Shell 
      • Flat
      • Curved
    • Solid
  • Case study: Modelling 2D plate - linear material (slab) 
  • Post-processing results 

After completion of this module, you will gain a deeper understanding of the different finite element formulations and be able to perform a linear static analysis in DIANA using different element types. 

  • Geometry modeling (including CAD geometry) in DIANA
  • Constraints, loading types and multi-point constraints in DIANA
  • Materials
  • Special element types (interfaces, composed) 
  • Analysis types 
  • Case study: Modeling 3D solid beam - composed line 
  • Post-processing results

After completion of this module, you will have a fuller understanding of how to define your geometry, how to define loads and constraints and choose element types.  At this stage you will be able to have a good grasp of how to perform a linear static analysis in DIANA. 

  • Summary of FEA model checks 
  • Simplify your model: symmetry, plane strain, plane stress 
  • Tips and tricks for making healthy models 
  • One more thing: taking advantage of the DIANA Python Console
  • Case study: continuation of Modeling 3D solid beam - composed line
  • Post-processing results

After completion of this module, you will have a complete overview of the FEA process. You should know how to check your FEA model and how to solve standard FEA issues. You will also get a taste of the python capabilities in DIANA.