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Practical Stress and FEA Course


  • Using numerous practical examples, many based on real problems, the course provides guidance on how to use FEA to tackle static stress analysis, judge which approximations are acceptable (and appropriate) and interpret the results.

  • Some revision of FEA theory, units and stress and strain is provided. Advice is given which allows the correct decisions to be taken, based on results which are known to be reliable.

  • Interaction is encouraged throughout the course, with the planning and design of a complete FEA project and examples of simple hand calculations, mesh designs and solution designs being set for the class to complete. The material that is presented is independent of any software package, making it applicable to users of all commercial finite element software systems.

Who Should Attend?

  • Whether you are new to FEA or have some experience, this course is a must if you use FEA as a reliable predictive engineering tool for thermal, stiffness and stress analysis.

  • This course is also very useful if your role involves reviewing FEA reports from suppliers or consultants.

  • The course is open to the public, with discounts available to NAFEMS members.


This course is co-organised by Advisian Malaysia Sdn Bhd., Advanced Analysis Group.

HRDF Funding eligibility for Employees of Malaysia Registered Entities

Advisian Malaysia Sdn Bhd is HRDF certified provider. Training grants are open to all employers registered and/or incorporated in Malaysia who have registered with PSMB and pay the HRD levy as to defray all or a major portion of the costs incurred in employee training. To qualify for HRDF please register with Advisian – for more details email:

Day 1

  • A consistent set of units
  • Mass and weight
  • Forces and Moments
  • Importance of Free-body diagrams
  • Direct Stress calculations
  • Shear Stress calculations
  • Bending Stress calculations
  • Special significance of bending
  • Area Moment of Inertia
  • Mass Moment of Inertia
  • Cartesian Stresses vs Principal stresses
  • Fundamentals of FEA (matrix solution)
  • Fundamentals of Thermal Analysis

Day 2

  • Governing equation of motion
  • Types of solution: Implicit and Explicit
  • 1D approximations: Beam elements
  • 2D approximations: Shells and Plane Stress/Strain
  • Use of symmetry
  • Implementation of symmetry (examples)
  • A typical FEA project (Planning, Execution and Verification)
  • Introduction to minimal constraints
  • Determinacy in the design of constraints
  • Application of realistic loading

Day 3

  • Rules for the design of Realistic constraints
  • Tests for under and over-constraint
  • Examples showing poorly devised constraint
  • Types of failure
  • Approximate limit load calculations
  • Contact and Friction
  • Hints and tips for efficient convergence
  • Evolution of contact methods
  • Karabiner worked example - load control and failure under displacement control
  • Sub-modelling methods and examples (fracture mechanics)


The venue is InterContinental Hotel, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, 165 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur


Please contact our Regional Representative for Waitlist.


Event Type: Course
Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia SE Asia
Date: November 27, 2018


Full pricing:
Non-members: USD 1,650
Members: USD 1162

Please contact our Regional Representative for Waitlist.


Bob JohnsonBob Johnson is a well-respected independent consultant based in the UK specialising in Finite Element Analysis. He has a wealth of industrial experience and has built a reputation for using simulation methods that are designed to closely mimic reality. Bob has presented Finite Element Analysis courses for over 20 years and is recognized as one of the leading figures in the engineering analysis community in the UK. His lively presentation style helps to illuminate his highly-practical approach to simulation.
Bob is a Chartered Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK) as well as being a qualified NAFEMS Registered Analyst at Advanced Level.