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FEA Academy presents its series of free webinars. They will be available at all times, usually a few days after the live sessions. Subscribe to the Newsletter at the bottom of this page to stay tuned about the next webinar.
Dominique Madier

Dominique Madier

Dominique Madier is a senior aerospace consultant with 20+ years’ experience and advanced expertise in Finite Element Analysis (FEA) of static and dynamic problems for linear and nonlinear structural behaviors.

He has conducted detailed finite element analyses for aerospace companies in Europe and in North America (e.g., Airbus, Dassault Aviation, Hispano-Suiza [now Safran], Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, Bombardier Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada, and their subcontractors) on aerospace metallic and composite structures such as fuselages, wings, nacelles, engine pylons, helicopter airframes, and systems.

He earned a Master’s degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Paul Sabatier University, Toulouse, France.

Q&A Open Session
for Structural Analysis

Come with your questions related to the topics below and I will answer live.
This webinar series will be in 3 sessions covering the following topics:

Q&A Session #1: 5 April
☛ Learning FEA
☛ Basic FEA Theory
☛ Library of Elements
☛ Meshing
☛ Loads & Boundary Conditions

Q&A Session #2: 23 April
☛ Rigid Body Elements & MPC
☛ Modeling Bolted Joints
☛ Modeling Contacts
☛ Submodeling
☛ Verifying and Validating your FEA

Q&A Session #3: 7 May
☛ Linear & Nonlinear Static Analysis
☛ Linear & Nonlinear Buckling Analysis
☛ Modal Analysis

For the session #3, I will have the great pleasure to receive a special guest: Łukasz Skotny from Enterfea.com. He will answer your questions with me.

After each Q&A session, I will do a draw among all the attendees to win a hardcopy of my book "Practical Finite Element Analysis for Mechanical Engineers". Good luck to everyone.
Three Sessions
Monday, 5th April 2021
Friday, 23rd April 2021
Friday, 7th May 2021
9:00am - 10:30am EDT


I collected the 50 most frequently asked questions during an FEA interview and I am going to give you my 50 best answers that the interviewers wish to hear.
A PDF file containing the 50 Questions with Answers is available to download for free. This PDF will permit you to prepare the interview by reviewing the 50 Questions & Answers.

March 2021
55 minutes video


Submodeling is a technique used to compute a refined solution from a previous coarse analysis that employs two separate models: a coarse model and one that is more refined. The results from the coarse model are used as boundary conditions and mapped onto the refined model.

In this webinar, I will present:
  • What is Submodeling
  • Why do Submodeling
  • How to do Submodeling
  • My Seven Tips and Hints for Submodeling
I have the great pleasure to announce a special guest: Dr Steffan Evans from Evotech CAE Ltd. After my presentation, Steffan will perform live submodeling demonstrations by using MSC Apex. He will cover a number of sub-modeling and model connection techniques using MSC-Apex.

February 2021
45 minutes video


In FEA, both careless users and experienced engineers who are not careful to systematically validate their models can easily make significant mistakes. Expensive decisions in terms of both time and money can sometimes turn out be based on incorrect answers. FEA is demanding, in the sense that the FEA analyst must be proficient not only in mechanics but also in mathematics, computer science, and especially FEA itself. Therefore, it is important to employ Verification & Validation procedures whenever FEA is used to solve a problem.

In this webinar, I present:
  • What are Verification & Validation?
  • The Accuracy Checks
  • The Mathematical Checks (The Process and Examples)
  • The Correlation Process
  • My Checklist

February 2021
1h10min video


To achieve your objectives in your FE analysis, you must develop your own strategies and use FEA software simply as a tool to help solve complex problems you would otherwise not be able to solve. In the end, your success will depend on your ability to develop a good strategy before to start your modeling process.

In this webinar, I discuss:
  • The 10 steps to follow to build an FEA strategy
  • The 14 questions you should be able to answer before you begin modeling

November 2020
30 minutes video


One of the most frequently asked questions by beginners in engineering simulation is “how to learn finite element analysis?”.

Your learning process will require lots of practice and keep in mind that it takes time to make a good FE analyst.

In this webinar, you will learn:
  • The Three Stages of the FEA Learning Process
  • The Main Rule of FEA Learning
  • What Do You Need to Learn in the FEA Field?
  • My 10 Guidelines for FEA Learning
  • The Five Advantages of Learning FEA

September 2020
30 minutes video

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