Practical Basic FEA Course

On-Demand Course - Practical Basic Finite Element Analysis (40% Discount)
On-Demand Course - Practical Basic Finite Element Analysis (40% Discount)USD 750 USD 450
Modeling Techniques - FEA Workflow Examples - 20 hours - Lifetime access.

Virtual Classroom will open in August 2022

Modeling Techniques

Practical Basic FEA

FEA Workflows

Practical Basic FEA

What You Get in the Course?

Because learning FEA is a lot more than just learning a software, it is also about learning the good modeling practices and methods

17 Lectures (15 hours)

A complete program teaching you the universal FEA modeling techniques and offering the best practical methods, guidelines and examples.

14 FEA Workflows (5 hours)

To augment your learning experience, you will have access to software examples showing particular FEA workflows.

Many Simple Examples

All the presented modeling techniques are illustrated with simple examples to permit you understanding all the FEA concepts in detail.

On-Demand Course

Learn at your pace by watching the 31 videos of the course. Access the virtual classroom 24/7 from everywhere, you just need an internet access.

Lifetime Access

You will have a lifetime access to the FEA Academy virtual classroom to revisit the lectures for your day-to-day work.

Keep Track of Your Knowledge

Use our PDF file containing 200+ questions related to each lecture. Test yourself to validate your knowledge.

Download 1000 Slides

Download all the PDF slides of the 17 lectures.

Geometric & Simulation Files

Download the geometric files in Parasolid, Step and IGES formats as well as the simulation files of the examples (150+ files).

Q&A and My Support

During this course, Dominique Madier will be available to support you and to help you building a strong FEA knowledge.

Course Objectives

  • This course offers the best practical methods and guidelines for the development and validation of finite element models in solid mechanics and structural analysis.
  • Its objective is to give mechanical structural engineers the keys to developing accurate and reliable finite element models by avoiding the most frequent errors.
  • FEA Academy will deliver you real and practical knowledge that you need day-to-day to solve solid mechanics and structural problems using Finite Element Analysis.
  • The course will permit you to perform your analysis for your day-to-day work in FEA. With this course, you will understand FEA in detail and you will have confidence in your results.

Expand Your Career Opportunities

Learning FEA in detail permits you expanding your career oppotunities and gives you an edge over other engineers who don't know the good modeling practices.

Improve Your Versatility

FEA is so flexible that it can be used in various applications. An engineer with very good knowledge of FEA is much more versatile than one who does not know it well. Since the modeling techniques are universal, mastering FEA will permit you to navigate various types of industries and work on diverse projects.

Prerequisite to attend the course

  • The prerequisite to attend this course is a robust general physics background.
  • A review of university-level in solid mechanics, statics & strength of materials is recommended.

Who Should Attend?

  • Engineers who want to move into the domain of FEA in solid mechanics and structural analysis.
  • Engineers who need a refresher to brush-up their knowledge in FEA.
  • New graduates who want to learn how FEA is applied in the industry to solve solid mechanics and structural problems.

Detailed Course Content


⌚ 20 minutes

What is Finite Element Analysis (FEA)?

☞ Methods for Solving an Engineering Problem
☞ The Different Numerical Methods
☞ Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
☞ So, What is FEA?
⌚ 20 minutes

Working with FEA in Mechanical and Structural Analysis

☞ How FEA Can Help You?
☞ The FEA Process
☞ Capabilities of FEA Software
☞ How Accurate is FEA?
☞ Why Do FEA?
☞ What is Needed to Perform an FEA Simulation?
⌚ 25 minutes

How to Learn FEA
☞ The Three Stages of the FEA Learning Process
☞ The Main Rule of FEA Learning
☞ What is the Main Danger of FEA
☞ What Do You Need to Learn in the FEA Field?
☞ My 10 Guidelines for FEA Learning
☞ The Five Advantages of Learning FEA
⌚ 20 minutes

Defining Your FEA Strategy

☞ The 10 Steps to follow to Build an FEA Strategy
☞ The 14 Questions to Ask Before to Start Modeling

⌚ 1 hour 15 minutes

The Basis of FEM Theory

☞ The Equilibrium Equation
☞ The Displacement Method
☞ What is a Degree of Freedom?
☞ What is a Shape Function?
☞ What is the Stiffness Matrix?
☞ Elements Stiffness Matrix for Various Topologies
  • 1D Truss Element
  • 1D Beam Element
  • 2D Elements
  • 3D Solid Elements
☞ How the Global Stiffness Matrix of the Complete Problem is Assembled?
☞ How the FEM Equations are Solved ?

⌚ 1 hour 45 minutes

The Library of Elements

☞ Type of Elements Used in FEA
  • The Basic Building Blocks
  • The 1D Truss Element
  • The 1D Beam Element
  • The 1D Spring Emelent
  • The 2D Shell Element
  • The 3D Solid Elements
  • Special Elements
☞ Geometry, Size & Shape
☞ Linear Vs Quadratic Elements
☞ Element Selection Criteria
☞ How to Choose the Right Element
☞ Integration Schemes
☞ Shear Locking, What is it and How to Prevent it?

⌚ 1 hour 40 Minutes


☞ Plan the Meshing
☞ Define the Elements Size
☞ Mesh Refinement (Why & How)
  • Why do Mesh Refinement
  • The Mesh Refinement Process
  • Advantages & Disadvantages
  • Mesh Refinement Techniques
  • Convergence Study Methodology
☞ 1D Meshing Rules
☞ 2D Meshing Rules
☞ 3D Meshing Rules
☞ Physical Interfaces and Mesh Transition
☞ Various Recommendations for Meshing

⌚ 1 hour 30 Minutes

FEA Workflows

⌚ 1 hour 20 Minutes

Defining Loads and Boundary Conditions

☞ What is a Boundary Condition?
☞ Why Do You Need Boundary Conditions?
☞ The Different Types of Boundary Conditions
☞ Constrain a Model
☞ Influence of Boundary Conditions
☞ Strategy to Define Boundary Conditions
☞ How to Create Isostatic Restraints
☞ Over-Stiffening and Under-Stiffening Problems
☞ About Singularities
☞ Type of Loadings

⌚ 45 Minutes
FEA Workflows

⌚ 1 hour

Rigid Body Elements & Multi-Point Constraint

☞ Terminology
☞ Why to Use Rigid Elements
☞ Rigid Body Elements (RBE's)
☞ Constraint Element (MPC)

⌚ 10 Minutes
FEA Workflows

⌚ 1 hour 15 Minutes

Modeling Bolted Joints

☞ Bolt Behaviors
☞ Do you Really Need to Model the Bolts?
☞ Fasteners modeled with Rigid Elements
☞ Fasteners modeled with 1D Spring Elements
☞ Fasteners modeled with Beam Elements
☞ Fasteners Stiffness Calculation
☞ How to Connect the Fasteners to the Surrounding Mesh?
☞ How to Capture the Prying Effect with 1D Spring Elements?
☞ Modeling the Bolt Preload

⌚ 25 Minutes
FEA Workflows

⌚ 20 Minutes


☞ What is Submodeling?
☞ Why Do Submodeling?
☞ How to Do Submodeling

  • Submodel a Global FEM
  • Extract a Part of the Global FEM

☞ Tips and Hints for Submodeling

⌚ 35 Minutes
FEA Workflows

⌚ 1 hour

Verify & Validate Your FEA

☞ What is Verification & Validation?
☞ Accuracy Checks
☞ Mathematical Checks
☞ Correlation
☞ My Checklist

⌚ 1 hour 30 Minutes

Understanding FEM Outputs

☞ Standard Outputs
  • Deformations
  • Element Force
  • Freebody Diagram
  • Stresses
☞ The Basic Rules of Post-Processing
☞ How to Deal with Singularities in Stress Models

⌚ 40 Minutes
FEA Workflows

⌚ 30 Minutes

Overview of the Basic FEA Solutions in Solid Mechanics

Linear Static Analysis

☞ What is Linear Static Analysis?
☞ How to Solve a Linear Static Analysis
☞ Characteristics of a Linear Static Analysis
☞ Examples
☞ Introduction to Nonlinear Analysis

⌚ 30 Minutes
FEA Workflows

⌚ 45 Minutes

Overview of the Basic FEA Solutions in Solid Mechanics

Linear Buckling Analysis

☞ What is Linear Buckling Analysis?
☞ Assumptions and Limitations of LBA
☞ The LBA Outcomes
☞ How do an FE Solver Computes LBA Problems?
☞ Linear Buckling Strategy
☞ Examples

⌚ 10 Minutes
FEA Workflows

⌚ 45 Minutes

Overview of the Basic FEA Solutions in Solid Mechanics

Normal Mode Analysis

☞ Introduction to Modal Analysis
☞ The Eigen Equation
☞ Numerical Methods for Solving the Eigen Equation
☞ What a Mode is and What a Mode is Not?
☞ How are Natural Frequencies and Mode Shape Influenced?
☞ Why Compute Modal Analysis?
☞ Influence of the Pre-Stiffness on the Natural Frequencies
☞ Examples

⌚ 10 Minutes
FEA Workflows

⌚ 10 Minutes

Overview of the Basic FEA Solutions in Solid Mechanics

How to Choose the Right Solution?

☞ Should I Run a Static or a Dynamic Solution?
☞ Should I Run a Linear or a Nonlinear Solution?
☞ Should I Run a Buckling Solution?
☞ Should I Run a Norml Mode Solution?
Your Tutor

Your Tutor for "Modeling Techniques"
Dominique Madier (FEA Academy)

    • Dominique Madier is a senior aerospace consultant with 25 years’ experience in FEA.
    • Advanced expertise in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of static and dynamic problems for linear and nonlinear structural behaviors on aerospace metallic and composite structures such as aircraft fuselage, wings, nacelle, engine pylon, helicopter airframe, and systems.
    • Conducted detailed finite element analyses for aerospace companies in Europe and in North America: Airbus, Dassault Aviation, Safran, Bell Helicopter, Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and their subcontractors.
    • Master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France.
    • Author of the book “Practical Finite Element Analysis for Mechanical Engineer”. 650+ pages offering the best practical methods and guidelines for the development and validation of finite element models.
    • Director of FEA Academy, Montreal, Canada (FEA Consulting & FEA Training).
Your Tutor

Your Tutor for the "FEA Workflows"
Steffan Evans (Evotech CAE)

    • Doctor of Engineering, ‘Multi-Parameter Structural Optimisation’
    • Chartered Mechanical Engineer in UK
    • NAFEMS Certification Professional Simulation Engineer at Advanced Level
    • Steff spent 20 Years in Airbus/BAE Systems Supply Chain involved in Strategic FEA Development, Analysis and Verification
    • Since the last 5 years, he is running Evotech CAE Ltd, an engineered product consultancy company in CAE, FEA and Design Optimisation, partnered with MSC Software for training and technical resales.
    • Known as “The Apex Guy” on LinkedIn.

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