Online Course: Nonlinear Behavior of Reinforced Concrete Structures

Event Period:  September 30th to October 11th, 2024

Language:  English

Cost: €200-€300 per module (see further details below)

Continuing Professional Development:  Constructeursregister:  6 KE/PE-points (or 1 KE/PE-point for each module attended)*

This 6-module online course focuses on the application of the finite element method when dealing with structural analysis of (reinforced) concrete structures. Emphasis is placed upon nonlinear analysis of (reinforced) concrete structures, with a spotlight on crack modelling, and failure analysis.  Delegates will learn good practice in nonlinear finite element analysis, and also the criteria for choosing the correct crack model from those available, how to converge criteria, and the setting of corresponding parameters.

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. 

Who Should Attend?

Practicing engineers, or academics who are moving into the area of Finite Element Analysis using DIANA, or those who need to refresh their knowledge.  Basic knowledge of the finite element method is assumed – however, for Module G-1, no other background knowledge is required.

Course Format

The course is divided into 6 modules, each module will be approximately 2.5hrs in length, and will include lectures, live demos or insights, and discussions. After each course, a one hour follow up Q&A session will be programmed (within the next three working days), with one of our experts.   During this Q&A session, you will have the opportunity to address your questions.

About the Tutors

Dr. Denise Ferreira obtained her MSc in Structural Engineering from University of Porto, Portugal (2009) and her PhD from Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona (2013). She worked as a researcher being involved in several projects focused on the analysis of concrete structures, covering both numerical and experimental fields. She has worked at DIANA FEA BV since 2016 primarily as a documentation curator for the DIANA developments. She is also part of the DIANA training group, giving lectures and demonstrations, especially dedicated to the structural analysis of concrete structures.

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. 


Each course module can be purchased separately (assuming that you fulfil the minimum level requirement).  The complete course can be offered at a discounted price of 1500 EUR.  Additional discounts can be organised for group attendance (more than three persons), for more information please contact us.

* 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.

Level: Getting Started

Date: Monday 30th September @15.00>17.30 + Q&A Session Thursday 3rd October @ 15.00>16.00

Price: 200 EUR


  • Introduction to DIANA
  • Geometry modeling (including CAD geometry) and meshing in DIANA
  • Overview of Materials, Element types, Loads and Boundary Conditions
  • Post-Processing Results
  • Exercise: Solid Model of a Bridge Pier (Demo)
  • Q&A

Competencies: after completing this session, you will be able to perform a linear static analysis in DIANA. You will gain understanding how to define your geometry, how to define loads and constrains, how to choose element types…

Level: Intermediate (required Module G-1 knowledge level)

Date: Wednesday 2nd October @15.00>17.30 + Q&A Session Tuesday 8th October @ 15.00>16.00

Price: 300 EUR


  • Introduction to python in DIANA
  • Python scripting
  • Parametric modeling
  • Exercise: Parametric modeling of a concrete beam (Demo)
  • Q&A

Competencies: after completing this session, you will be able to take benefit of the Python capabilities of DIANA

Level: intermediate (required Module G-1 knowledge level)

Date: Friday 4th October @15.00>17.30 + Q&A Session Tuesday 8th October @ 16.00>17.00

Price: 300 EUR


  • Background of non-linear FEA (linear vs nonlinear)
  • Type of nonlinearities (geometric nonlinearity, material nonlinearity)
  • Solution procedures for nonlinear FEA
  • Convergence criteria
  • Guidelines for NLFEA
  • Exercise: Snap through buckling of a hinged panel (insight)
  • Q&A

Competencies: after completing this session, you will be able to perform a nonlinear static analysis in DIANA and have understanding on the different solution procedures and benefits.

Level: intermediate (required Module I-2 knowledge level)

Date: Monday 7th October @15.00>17.30 + Q&A Session Thursday 10th October @ 15.00>16.00

Price: 300 EUR


  • Crack modeling (discrete cracking, smeared cracking)
  • Concrete modeling (tension stiffening, cracking & crushing, cyclic loading)
  • Reinforcement modeling (embedded reinforcements, bond-slip models…)
  • Exercise: Reinforced concrete beam under static load (Demo)
  • Q&A

Competencies: after completing this session, you will gain good understanding of
reinforced concrete modeling and the pros/cons of different approaches.

Level: Intermediate (required Module I-3 knowledge level)

Date: Wednesday 9th October @15.00>17.30 + Q&A Session Monday 14th October @ 15.00>16.00

Price: 300 EUR


  • Steady State Analysis
  • Transient Analysis
  • Heat Flow Material parameters
  • Heat Flow Boundary Conditions)
  • Model Code input
  • Exercise: Fire under Concrete Slab (Insight)
  • Q&A

Competencies: after completing this session, you will gain good understanding how to setup heat flow analysis and how to define different types of heat flow boundaries.

Level: intermediate (required Module I-4 knowledge level)

Date: Friday 11th October @15.00>17.30 + Q&A Session Tuesday 15th October @ 15.00>16.00

Price: 300 EUR


  • Ambient dependent parameters
  • Model Code input
  • Analysis setup requirements in DIANA
  • Creep and Shrinkage effects
  • Exercise: Flow Stress Analysis of a Box Girder (Insight)
  • Q&A

Competencies: after completing this session, you will gain good understanding on Early Age Concrete behavior and how to take into account Creep and Shrinkage effects.

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