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Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis (FEA) 

2-Day Training Course on 1st & 2nd March
organised in partnership with C4D, NAFEMS ASEAN Representative

Register now to secure your early bird registration fee
(early bird discount available until 1st February 2018)

After this date prices will be increased to $795 members / $1,135 non-members

*course fees are stated in US Dollars (USD)

This course has been qualified for 12 PDUs by PEB (Singapore)

Course Overview

Non-Linear Finite Element Analysis e-Learning Course

Many problems facing designers and engineers are nonlinear in nature. The response of a structure cannot be simply assessed using linear assumptions. 

Nonlinear behavior can take many forms and can be bewildering to the newcomer. All physical systems in the real world are inherently nonlinear in nature. 

One of the most difficult tasks facing an engineer is to decide whether a nonlinear analysis is really needed and if so what degree of nonlinearity should be applied. 

Looking at a bolt heavily loaded in an attachment fitting, it may be that the change in stiffness and load distribution path are critical in evaluating peak stress levels. Perhaps the assembly is in an overload condition and we need to check that plastic growth is stable and there is no ultimate failure – bent but not broken! 

A flange on a connector arm may be under compressive load, but also sees heavy bending. We need to assess the resistance to buckling with deflection dependent loading paths and possible plastic behavior. 

Whatever the nature of the challenge, the objective of this course is to break down the nonlinear problem into clearly defined steps, give an overview of the physics involved and show how to successfully implement practical solutions using Finite Element Analysis.

Course Process and Details 

The course is completely code independent. No software is required.

Each topic in the class is treated as a building block and is presented using an overview of the physics and theory involved. The math is kept simple and the emphasis is on practical examples from real life to illustrate the topic. The mapping to Finite Element analysis techniques is shown with numerous workshops. The tutor will be running analysis interactively and involving the students in the process via Q and A periods during each session, follow up emails and a course bulletin board

Students are shown the various approximation methods and how to judge which are acceptable and appropriate for solving a wide range of practical problems. Practical considerations of types of nonlinearity, solutions available, elements to use and structural details are shown by numerous examples.

Of equal importance is the assessment and interpretation of results. This starts with ensuring a building block linear solution is feasible and accurate. Once this stage is completed then the degree of nonlinear complexity is gradually increased until an effective simulation of the real world event is developed.  A range of hints and tips are shown for a wide range of different nonlinear analysis types.

  • Interaction is encouraged throughout the course. Students are welcome to send in problems from industry and these will be discussed as time permits.

  • Full notes are provided for the students

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at practicing engineers who wish to learn more about how to apply finite element techniques to nonlinear analysis in the most effective manner. Ideally a student should have some experience of FEA analysis, but this is not essential. The material that is presented is independent of any particular software package, making it ideally suited to current and potential users of all commercial finite element software systems. This course is a must for all engineers aiming to use FEA as a reliable predictive tool for nonlinear analysis.

Course Program

Day 1

  • Introductions
  • Background to Non-linear
  • Linear versus Non-linear
  • Types of non-linearity
  • Introduction to: 
    • Geometric non-linearity 
    • Material Non-linearity
    • Contact non-linearity 
  • Example - oil tank
  • Nonlinear Strategy:
    • Convergence
    • Loading
    • Boundary conditions
    • Scope of the Analysis
  • In Depth:  Geometric Nonlinearity
    • Shallow roof example
    • Linear Buckling Rod Example
    • Further Nonlinear Buckling

Day 2

  • In Depth: Contact Nonlinearity
    • Contact surface methods
    • Contact example
  • In Depth: Nonlinear Material
    • Yield Criteria
    • Flow Rules
    • Beyond Ultimate
    • Viscoelasticity 
    • Hyperelastic material
    • Nonlinear Material Examples
  • Mesh Adaptivity and Element Erosion
  • Nonlinear Transient Analysis
    • Implicit versus Explicit FE Analysis methods
    • Explicit Background
    • Explicit Rod Example


Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
392 Havelock Road 
Tel: +65 6733 0880

Situated at just 22 kilometres (12 miles) away from Changi International Airport, the 30-story Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel is located along the Singapore waterfront near Boat Quay, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay. Easily accessible by taxi to various business and entertainment districts, such as Raffles Place, the Marina Bay Financial Centre, Orchard Road, Chinatown, Sentosa and Universal Studios, the hotel presents itself as the ideal place to stay and explore Singapore.


We have negotiated a small number of rooms at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. The NAFEMS Training course accommodation rate is SGD 230++ inclusive of one complimentary daily breakfast. The rate is available up to 1 month before the course, subject to availability. To book please quote “NAFEMS Training” and email:

Purchasing Details

Members Price
£566 | $715 | €625

Non-Members Price
£807 | $1020 | €892
Order Ref: asean_nonlinear_mar18
Event Type: Course
Location: Singapore SE Asia
Date: March 1, 2018

Discounts Available

  • Combination registration for the FEA course together with the FEA course.
  • Multiple registrations from the same company, on one invoice.
  • Special discounts for members. For more information on joining NAFEMS, please visit our membership section .

Course Tutor:
Tony Abbey

Tony Abbey - NAFEMS Tutor

Read Tony Abbeys bio on the NAFEMS Tutors page.

Events - Cancellation Policy

Please note NAFEMS cancellation policy for all public training courses is as follows:-

  • Suitably qualified delegates may be substituted at any time prior to the start of the course

  • Bookings are accepted upon condition that either full payment is received before the course commences, or that a valid purchase order is received from a company that has a credit agreement with us

  • In the event of a delegate being unable to attend a course that they have booked upon then, NAFEMS will discuss the possibility of transferring to an alternative course. However, a suitable administration charge will be levied.

  • A refund of 50% of the course fees will be paid to delegates who cancel their booking and do not re-schedule to an alternative course, provided that the cancellation is received by NAFEMS at least four weeks in advance of the course. No refunds can be given for cancellations made after this time.

  • NAFEMS reserves the right to cancel the course, without liability, in which case all training fees will be refunded in full. However, NAFEMS cannot be held liable for any other expenses incurred by participants or their companies due to the cancellation.

NAFEMS will discuss the possibility of transferring to an alternative event/course, however an administration charge will be applicable.

For full terms and conditions, click here. This policy is subject to change.