You will gain serious practical FEA skills, and understand how FEA really works… without boring theory and math! Overcome the steep learning curve in FEA within weeks not years!
Finally!!… straight-forward, practical explanations of FEA concepts that ACTUALLY MAKE SENSE! I wish I had taken this course years ago. It would have saved me tremendous amounts of time! As a bonus, the course is also entertaining and fun. Highly recommended!
This course replaced Netflix for many evenings and was probably more entertaining! Its easy-going atmosphere was much needed and a refreshing change in the world of structural engineering. Needless to say it didn’t take any of the educational value away! I would add that I am a civil structural engineer and I am already using a lot of what I learned in my practice. I definitely encourage taking this course if you are in any way involved in FEA. Thank you for a great experience, l am looking forward to more!
Highly recommend the Breakthrough FEA Course and Nonlinear FEA Masterclass, especially to structural or mechanical engineers interested in the design of bins, silos & hoppers. Both are extensive courses containing videos and text explanations for each of the key sections involved in FEA design with examples. I began the breakthrough course 2 years post-graduate with minimal experience in FEA design. Following completion of the non-linear course, I felt confident enough to correctly model, interpret and validate results.
Applying knowledge from the course I already found errors in my modeling and the results of the calculation. I was always relying upon the result of the solver and trusting it so much… But double-check in manual simple calculation can save you also from trouble. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and knowledge in FEA. 10 thumbs up.
I thought I had a solid knowledge of designing steel structures using FEA because I believed it was just comparing the stresses found in the FEA analysis with the yield strength of the steel.
In 2019 I came across the Enterfea blog. From that day on, I started following all the posts and decided to enroll in the Breakthrough FEA course.
I can say that the course has been a watershed in my career. Now I can say that I have developed solid knowledge in FEA analysis. The course is remarkable and has taken me to another level.
Your course is amazing and this is exactly what I was looking for. It is conceptual, practical, and application based. It’s not mathematical and theoretical. Honestly, you have a very good, cheerful personality and that’s why sessions are very interactive 🙂
Thank you for creating this FEA course. I found it very helpful and pretty much exactly what I was looking for. I am a design engineer manager and though I do not do FEA personally, I am often the point of contact for contracting out these services and wanted to have a better understanding of the process so that I could interact more effectively with my consultants and ensure that we were getting back the results we needed.
Łukasz explains the practical aspects of FEA in a very structured and easy to understand way. It helps the reader to understand the practical FEA in a very simple manner. I highly recommend his FEA course to anyone who is looking to enter into the field of FEA simulations and modeling.
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Your access to the course has no limit. As long as the course exists you will have an access to it!
Course consistes of video material (over 24h of content) as well as written lessons (around 500 pages of content!).
There are 8 modules with lessons and “small examples” on the course, along with 5 “big” examples showing specyfic problems solved from start to finish.
Detailed content list is given below:
Module 0: How to learn here
Module 1: Introduction to FEA
What is FEA for?
What does FEA do?
How to define a problem
What is important in FEA
Consistent unit system
Module 2: Important Engineering Concepts
What is stress
Normal stress and shear stress
Stress in 3D
Active forces and reaction forces balance
Rigid body motion
Module 3: Model Preparation
Importing CAD geometry
Creating geometry in preprocessor
Benefits of simplifying the geometry
How to define symmetry in FEA
Small details spoil mesh
How to connect beams to shells and beams/shells to solids
Rigid, hinged, semi-rigid connections in beam models
How to check if the connection is a hinge
How to calculate connection rigidity
Linear material properties
When linear material is not enough
Module 4: Model Supports
How to support your model
Rigidity of supports
Realistic boundary conditions
Why pinned supports can be rigid!
How to make an area support
What can and cannot be simplified
Boundary conditions and Hooke’s law
Linear contact – the basics
How to define linear contact
When it is possible to ignore contact?
Typical solutions for contact and BC
» Example 1: Cantilever
» Example 2: Bolted connection
» Example 3: Beam on area support
» Example 4: Different rigidity supports
Module 5: Loads
Realistic load values and codes
Characteristic and design loads
Concentrated loads and reality
Force vs Moment
Gravity vs Pressure
Enforced deformations as load
Realistic load distribution
» Load distribution: Part 1
» Load distribution: Part 2
» Load distribution: Part 3
Module 6: Meshing
Basic element types
» Beam elements
» Plate elements
» Solid elements
» Choosing element type
Higher order elements
TRI vs QUAD
TET vs HEX
RBE – Rigid Body Elements
Plain strain elements
» Mesh refinement: Case study
» Mesh refinement: Challange 1
» Mesh refinement: Challange 2
Mesh and Mathematics (M&M!)
Mesh Quality Measures
Module 7: Analysis
Analysis… let’s put your FEA solver to work!
Linear Analysis Setup
Solver vs pre/post processor
Linear Static Limitations
What does nonlinear material do?
What does nonlinear geometry do?
Beyond Linear Static
When it is safe to use linear static?
Module 8: Post-Processing
Business advice first!
The Stress Map!
Issues with stability
Dealing with stress higher than yield
Strain as a measure of capacity
Beams in FEA
Verification with hand calculations!
Business side of the report
Technical side of the report
Example 1: Plate in tension
Example 2: Bolted cantilever
Example 3: Solid bracket
BC and contact
Example 4: Roof rafter stability
Introduction: Stability design
Introduction: LBA settings
Supports / Loads / Mesh
Initial stability calculations
Critical bending moment calculation
Critical bending moment in design
Bracing influence on stability
Developing model further – part 1
Developing model further – part 2
Verifying assumptions about bracings
Example 5: Street lamp
» Base: Part 1
» Base: Part 2
» Post: Part 1
» Post: Part 2
» The top part
Materials + Properties
» Base plate
» Base plate: “Bonus” video
» Lamp post
» Top part
» Wind load according to EN 1991-1-4
» Loading the model
» Avoiding contact with line supports
» Dealing with stress concentrations
» Defining contact
Most examples are made in Femap with NX Nastran, with several being done in RFEM (Dlubal). However, I strongly encourage all students to use the software they will use at work while following their course, since you want to get accustomed to software you will be working on.
So far students finished my course using Ansys, Abaqus, Staad and many other packages – examples are done in such a way, that you can easily follow them in any FEA package as long as you have very basic knowledge about it.
If you want to, you can get a 30 days trial version of Femap and simply use the same software as I do.
I have created this course with professionals and engineering graduates (civil, mechanical, aerospace etc.) in mind.
If you are looking to learn FEA (Finite Element Analysis), or to understand more and gain confidence in your designs this course is for you.
The course focuses on stress design (linear static). The emphasis is on understanding concepts and modeling techniques as well as the impact of assumptions on the analysis. This is both a great starting point into FEA and a way to further deepen your knowledge.
Engineering students are also welcome. I did theory lessons aimed to deepen and refresh the knowledge of participants, but those lessons can be also used to learn unknown concepts as well. Practical skills gained during the course will be useful at University setting as well.
The course teaches linear static. If you are into heat transfer, CFD, electromagnetism etc. there is little to gain here for you.
Each lesson is divided into around 10 topics, and each one has a video and a text version. You can easily mark what you have already seen, so there is definitely no need to take that all in in one go!
Videos are usually around 5-15 min long (text around 1000 words) depending on the subject, so you can easily watch them one at a time!
Of course! The course has a dedicated Linkedin Group for participants where you can discuss things with me and fellow learners.
You can always send me an email as well
This is a terribly difficult question, and the answer is… no, you can’t.
I was thinking about it a lot, and technically “instalments” are like a loan, and I don’t want you to get in debt (at all), not to mention getting in debt to buy my course!
If you can save up some money each month (instead of paying an instalment on my course)… then please do. And when you will have all the required money, you will be able to buy the course, or do something else with them.
Loans are bad for you… don’t get them if you don’t have to!