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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

EL507 - Introduction to Finite Element Analysis

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Overview / Abstract:

Originally developed for aerospace structural analysis, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is now a convenient and speedy tool for approximation of the solution to a wide variety of complicated engineering problems across a wide range of industries. This online, instructor-supported course explains how FEA can produce accurate, reliable approximate solutions, at a small fraction of the cost of more rigorous, closed-form analyses. It also provides the level of knowledge required to successfully use the FEA software packages currently available.

It is estimated that the course will, in total, require approximately 24 hours of work on the part of the student, over the duration of the six-week course.

The instructor recommends that students purchase Concepts and Applications of Finite Element Analysis, 4th Ed, (2002), by Robert D. Cook et al., John Wiley and Sons, Inc.: New York.

You Will Learn To
- Provide examples of all the steps necessary to conduct a successful FEA from start to finish
- Explain the concepts underlying the creation of elements which are used to make accurate approximations
- Use finite element software for more advanced structural, thermal analysis and basic modal analysis

Please click HERE to view the course outline.

Who Should Attend
Design, project, mechanical and R&D engineers, and R&D managers

No specific prerequisites exist for this course, though knowledge of linear algebra would be helpful. In addition, the material layout assumes familiarity with some of the concepts of strength of materials and from elementary thermodynamics. Detailed knowledge of these subjects is not necessary, but it would be helpful for the student to have a passing familiarity with concepts such as stress, strain, conductivity, etc.

Computer Usage
The course will be delivered in an online format. In addition, each student will receive access to an educational version of the FEA software, Abaqus, which will be used in this course. The course software is available via download, FTP or on disk (disk sent upon request, only.)

Please note that Abaqus is incompatible with all Mac OS, however, it will run on any Windows platform.


Jan 14, 2020


Civil Engineering , Electrical Engineering , Mechanical Engineering





Credits / Hours

CEUs: 2.30
PDHs: 23.00

Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Dr. Scott Steinbrink holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Mechanics from Virginia Tech, as well as Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Aerospace Engineering. He is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Gannon University, in Erie, PA.

At Gannon, Dr. Steinbrink is responsible for undergraduate and graduate teaching in the areas of computational methods (including finite element analysis) and solid mechanics. In addition, he teaches undergraduate engineering design, and serves as chair of the Mechanical Engineering department.

Dr. Steinbrink has research interests in design, mechanics of composite materials, and finite element methods, particularly in application to high-pressure systems.

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The American Society of Mechanical Engineers

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