Learning FEA

Breakthrough FEA online course

No boring theory. Practical examples + 5 problems solved in FEA

470 pages + 24h video

Are you overwhelmed by FEA?

There are so many things you need to understand at once! Quality materials are scarce. Books are full of complex mathematics. Software tutorials show only simple examples. No one explains how things should be done and why. I know these pains all too well, I’ve endured them for years and I have some advice for you:

Don’t learn theory to use FEA!

Books about FEA are horribly theoretical. You don’t want to write a solver… just to use one!

All you need to learn is how things work.

In plain English, with practical examples!

Don’t waste time on unnecessary things!

I have spent countless hours learning things I will never use. Don’t make my mistake!

Focus on the most important skills…

so you can use them in your work ASAP!

Software is just the beginning!

So many people blindly use FEA codes hoping for the best, while making tragic mistakes.

Understand crucial FEA concepts to avoid

risk and gain confidence in your designs!

Focus on what you will need the most!

Understand basic engineering concepts

Stresses, stability, rigidity and many others can be easily explained with simple objects: gummy bears, rubber balls, strings, and stones.

This is all you need to understand engineering!

When you really understand it, there is nothing you can’t solve!

Develop your engineering judgment

You will make a lot of choices while using FEA. The way you will support or load your model will greatly impact the outcomes.

Work on your engineering judgment by comparing outcomes from practical examples done under different assumptions!

Gain essential FEA skills

You don’t have to know all software features to be an FEA expert.

All you need to know is how to simplify and mesh your model, how to load and support it, and how to interpret and validate outcomes!

I’ll show you this process in a step-by-step fashion.

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How this course is organized

This is a self-paced course, and you have access to all available material from the start. The content of each lesson is divided into topics (40+ in total). Each topic has a short 5-15 min video and a text version. Examples are divided into shorter videos as well, each describing one stage of FEA work (geometry, meshing etc.).

You can learn even if you only have few minutes a day!

Available lessons are described below. In future updates, I will add few additional examples!

FEA introduction

  • What is FEA and what is it for?
  • What FEA does?
  • Typical FEA Workflow
  • Defining the problem you want to solve
  • What is/isn’t important in FEA
  • Creating consistent unit systems

Important concepts

  • Stress/equivalent stress
  • Stress concentrations
  • Structural rigidity
  • Avoiding rigid body motion
  • Force balance in your model
  • Fun examples and no complex math!

Model preparation

  • Simplifying geometry
  • How to use symmetry in FEA
  • Linear material properties
  • Linear material limitations
  • Connecting beams/shells/solids
  • Connection rigidity

Boundary conditions

  • Support rigidity
  • Realistic boundary conditions
  • Why can pinned support be rigid?
  • Simplify your boundary conditions
  • Linear contact
  • Case-study of typical solutions


  • Realistic load values
  • Loads and codes
  • Following and non-following forces
  • Enforced deformations
  • Realistic load distribution
  • Examples

Practical examples

  • 5 problems solved in FEA
  • Video guides from start to finish
  • Each problem focuses on few key areas
  • Solved with different approaches
  • Validation of assumptions
  • Course theory in practice


  • Element types
  • Higher order elements
  • Rigid Body Elements
  • TRI vs QUAD, TET vs HEX
  • Mesh refinement and quality measures
  • Some mesh mathematics


  • Linear analysis setup
  • Analysis limitations
  • What does nonlinear material do
  • What does nonlinear geometry do
  • When it is safe to use linear analysis
  • Troubleshooting

Post processingnew

  • Different stresses and their use
  • Stress averaging
  • Dealing with stresses higher than yield
  • Deformations/Stability issues
  • Results verification
  • Reporting

Get feedback

  • Access to course forums
  • 1h of 1 on 1 coaching call
  • Recordings of all coaching calls
  • You are not alone with this!
  • Influence course development!
  • Have fun with learning!

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„I do not know of an equivalent course that has the scope of this one… one-stop shop for the structural engineers – the course to have when learning about the design of structures using FEA. One of the best features of this course is that you would learn and explore a simple and unique way of examining the stability of structures. I love Lukasz ‘s approach to the problems. Very brilliant.”

Dr. Tien Nguyen, FEA Software Developer, Australia

„This course is the answer for everyone who would like to start their journey with FEM. Łukasz explains really important concepts in very simple way and shows how to use FEM in real life examples. This course is a must have.”

Tomek Löffler, Structural Engineer at W+G, Dortmund, Germany

„This course is a great starting point for anyone interested in FEA. All information backed by carefully thought examples using actual software but also full of illustrations and animations. I especially like a combination of text and video which is something most courses do not deliver. Łukasz is a great teacher, easy to talk to and leaves no question on his forum without an answer.”

Przemek Stypuła, Structural Engineer at CSF Steel Fabricators, Australia

“If I had to describe this course with just a few words it would be: Straight to the point. Great refresher of basic concept with simple examples that really stick with you. Overall I’m really satisfied with what I got and highly recommend it to everyone who is starting to use FEA”.

Rafael Lima, Mechanical design engineer, Bosch Termotecnologia SA. Portugal

“I have several years of experience in FEA, but I still learned a lot in the course and I’m more than happy with it. It was worth to invest the money, and I will gladly take part in future courses as well. Really great job! I regret that I didn’t have such a course at the beginning of my career, it would save me a lot of time and stress. Course material is well described and arranged in a logical way with quite a few examples. Nicely done!”.

Adam Trzciński, Structural design engineer, Muck Ingenieure - Innovative Tragwerksplanung


How long will I have the access to the course?

Finite element analysis course

Your access to the course has no limit. As long as the course exists you will have an access to it : )

What FEA software do you use?

Finite element analysis course

All examples are made in Femap with NX Nastran. However, you should be able to follow them in any software assuming you have a very basic knowledge of it!

If you want to, you can get a 30 days trial version of Femap and simply use the same software as I do.

Who is this course for?

Finite element analysis course

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.

Who is this course not for?

Finite element analysis course

The course teaches linear static. If you are into heat transfer, CFD, electromagnetism etc. there is little to gain here for you.

How is the course organized?

Finite element analysis course

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!

Is there a way to ask questions during the course?

Finite element analysis course

Of course! The course has a dedicated forum for participants where you can discuss things with me and fellow learners.

Also, you will have 1 hour of Skype with me 1 on 1!  You will be able to ask me anything, and I will edit the recording and split it into smaller pieces to archive it in the “training library”. I already have few of those with some interesting topics (and even business advice!), so in time this will be a great resource.

About the author

I’m Łukasz Skotny, FEA consultant, and academic teacher. I have been involved with FEA for more than 10 years now which included various projects in at least 20 countries on 4 continents (and a Ph.D. thesis!).

When I got hooked in FEA I realized how scarce good materials were. I have spent long nights in frustration learning everything with trial and error.

Thanks to my experience both in applied FEA and academic teaching I’m creating this course so you can avoid this frustration. FEA is a wonderful tool that can have a tremendous impact on your career – give it a try, you won’t regret it.

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