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Structures : design, tests, certification - 2021

Finite element structure analysis in an industrial context


Through this training, the trainees should be able of:

  • Increase their level of knowledge of FE static analysis and FE modal dynamic analysis
  • Acquire basic knowledge related to Non-Linear FE and transient dynamic FE (crash and impact analysis)
  • Better knowledge related to modelling methodologies, modelling assumptions and the confidence in the analysis results


This training duration is 5 days (30 hours) including:

  • 3 h conferences on present challenges of FE analysis
  • 3 h practical applications on commercial FE code
  • 2 h FE code demonstration
  • 3 h modelling practice
  • 5 h conferences on industrial applications


This training supports methods’ acquisition allowing trainees to deal with modelling options then select the most appropriate ones in term of FE model robustness. Target application and sizing objective / context are part of the training objectives.

This training is targeting:

  • FE code day-to-day users
  • designers dealing with CAD to CAE integration
  • supervisors of structure analysis teams or work packages

It provides background to FE code users regarding:

  • key role of modelling assumptions
  • limitations of analysis tools


Level: Improvement

Participants should have mathematical background (matrix calculation, general numerical analysis) learned in universities and engineering schools. Also good knowledge in material strength analysis is required.


Michel MAHE:

Advanced Design & Stress Applications

Senior Expert at AIRBUS

Professor at ISAE-SUPAERO.


  • Present challenges in structural analysis
    • Role of FE analysis in industrial processes
    • Analysis robustness
  • Assumptions and key aspects
    • Elasticity background: energy based FE formulation, matrix calculation
  • Linear Static
    • Elementary formulation, numerical integration
    • Interpretation of FE analysis results (stress and strains)
    • FE code library : bar, rod, beam, shell, volume elements
  • Non Linear Static
    • Linear elastic limitations
    • Non-linear problems, classification, assumptions
    • Strain and stress measures
    • Solvers: tangent stiffness matrix, iterative process, Newton type methods
  • Dynamic modal analysis
    • Typical vibration problems
    • Modelling of masses, modal superposition method, dynamic condensation
  • Transient dynamics
    • FE dynamic explicit algorithm, masses modelling, approximations
    • Stability, elements formulations
  • Practical modelling knowledge
    • Modelling techniques: 1D / 2D / 3D modelling, finite element type selection, massive parts vs light parts, connections, fasteners, meshing techniques, mesh transitions areas
  • Quality (models and analysis results)
    • Validation of FE codes
    • Quality control of FE models
  • FE code demonstration
    • FE model interactive creation / generation
  • Practice of FE modelling
    • Using a commercial FE code
    • Practical cases study
  • Industrial applications
    • Presentation of industrial use cases and operational applications of FE modelling and analyses, including interpretation and discussion about the results
    • Examples of linear, non-linear, modal dynamic and transient dynamic applications


Scheduled in French :

TOULOUSE : 15 to 19 March 2021


For the English realization, please, consult us.


€1,840 excluding tax (20% VAT)

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