Finite Element Analysis Fundamentals

  • Finite Element Analysis Fundamentals
    January 29, 2015 - January 30, 2015
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Cost: $450 +GST (Includes lunch on both days) We cannot provide refunds after registration, but substitutions are allowed.

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For many years, Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has been used over a broad range of industries as a critical tool for product design and development.
This workshop will provide those involved in mechanical product development the skills necessary for efficient and productive implementation and use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) in the design process.
Typically, FEA is used in design validation, wherein analysis results are used as a basis for evaluating the integrity of both the initial design, and determining the effects of possible design modifications. When so used, FEA becomes a valuable productivity tool, reducing product development time and cost. On the other hand, misapplication of the FEA technique may well lead to incorrect design decisions that typically can be very expensive to correct in the later stages of product development.
This workshop will review the different analysis types generally encountered in design, focusing on FEA errors and appropriate modelling techniques, traps and misconceptions in FEA, and look at management of FEA in the design environment. You will be given opportunities to exchange and discuss FEA experiences, and review problems of particular interest to participants.
By attending the workshop, you will be able to:

  • Select appropriate modelling strategies
  • Analyze inherent FEA results errors
  • Identify FEA benefits and shortcomings
  • Avoid pitfalls and errors in FEA implementation
  • Produce timely, reliable results
  • Provide valuable FEA project management
  • Ensure cost-effectiveness and quality of FEA projects


Presented by Dr. Paul Kurowski, professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
Dr. Kurowski’s teaching experience includes FEA, machine design, mechanics of materials, mechanical vibrations, kinematics and dynamics of machines, and product development on undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also the President of Design Generator Inc, a consulting firm specializing in product development, design analysis, and training in Computer Aided Engineering methods. Dr. Kurowski has published multiple technical papers and taught professional development seminars for SAE International, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario, Parametric Technology Corp (PTC), Rand Worldwide, SolidWorks Corp., and other companies and professional organizations. He contributes regularly to several engineering publications focusing on the implementation of CAE methods in the product development process. He is a member of SAE International and the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario. Dr. Kurowski obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Warsaw Technical University and completed postdoctoral work at Kyoto University.

Who Should Attend

This workshop will be of interest to mechanical engineers and designers in mechanical product design and development, and managers of FEA projects who wish to increase their knowledge or upgrade their skills in FEA.
Opportunities will be provided to exchange and discuss analysis experiences and review problems of particular interest to participants. Although illustrative examples based on a specific software application package (SolidWorks Simulation) will be used throughout the two days, the workshop content is completely code independent.


Attendees should have a background in mechanical or industrial engineering. No previous exposure to FEA is required.

Workshop Topics Outline

Fundamental concepts of FEA Modal analysis
Limitations of FEA Linear buckling analysis
Different types of analyses conducted with FEA Thermal analysis
Modeling and discretization errors Vibration analysis
Verification and validation of FEA results Interfacing between CAD and FEA
Types of finite elements Interpretation of FEA results
Finite element mesh Implementation of FEA into a design department
Common modeling techniques Management of an FEA project
Linear and nonlinear static analysis Common traps and misconceptions



Venue Phone: 204-480-3333

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200-78 Innovation Drive, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3T 6C2

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