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Finite Element Methods and Practical Stress Analysis

Overall, this programme was designed to enhance the functional knowledge of new FEM users in the aspects of practical stress analysis.

The salient aspects of this workshop were –

  • The tutorials were handled by very experienced industry exposed users of FEM.
  • This course offered vital guidance to judge which approximations are acceptable for solving the practical problems.
  • The methods of verifying and validating the FEM results were demonstrated with real world case studies.
  • Each participant was provided with high quality training notes.

Workshop Topics

Basic Introduction

  • Basic Theory of FEA
  • Direct Stress and Strain
  • Shear Stress and Torsion
  • Bending Stress
  • Thermal Stress Effects
  • Stress Concentration Effects
  • Fatigue and Impact
  • Properties of Materials
  • Stiffness Calculations
  • Units and Unity Bracket

FEM - 1D and 2D formulations

  • FEM formulation  and Weak formulation
  • FEM formulation of 1D elements
  • Example problems of 1D elements
  • 2D Plane Stress/Plane Strain
  • 2D Axi-Symmetric Problems
  • Design of Loading and Constraints
  • Representative Material Properties
  • Results Interpretation/Verification
  • Balanced Loads/Minimal Constraint
  • Non-Linear Considerations
  • Introduction to Plasticity

3D formulations and Meshing Methods

  • Introduction to the Real World in 3D
  • Example of Simple 3D Analysis
  • Processing of 3D CAD Data
  • Preparing CAD Data for Analysis
  • Fast and Accurate Meshing Methods

Practical Aspects

  • Bolted, Welded joints
  • Failure analysis
  • Fatigue analysis
  • Post processing techniques
  • Performance optimization through simulation

Quality & Verifications Aspects

  • Verification of FEM results
  • Practical Validation
  • Quality aspects in analysis
  • Case studies from Automotive / Defence / Aeronautics
  • Getting Help When Things Go Wrong

Workshop Tutors

Mr. Nitin S. Gokhale

Company:  CEO of finite to infinite, Pune

Qualification : M.Tech (Design Engineering) from IIT Powai


  • 12 years experience in CAE projects: 3 years stint at CAE group of Mahindra & Mahindra
  • Carried out more than 250 successful projects and 150 corporate CAE trainings for Indian and Overseas clients
  • Extensive experience to IDEAS, HyperMesh, Nastran, Ansys, Optistruct and FEMFAT
  • Authored book on Practical Finite Element Analysis


Event Type: Workshop
Location: Bangalore India
Date: February 8, 2008