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Learning Units (Hours)
Robert B. Wilcox, P.E.
This course will cover the basics of linear static finite element analysis of a machine part to accurately determine stress distributions due to applied loads. It will focus on practical application and real-world issues related to finite element analysis, as opposed to theory. While just about any engineer can get a contour plot showing stresses, many do not understand the iterative nature of FEA and how to obtain meaningful results. This course will use a verifiable geometric example so the user can gain confidence in their ability to create and refine a mesh, loading, and boundary conditions which give accurate results. Students have the option to download a trial version of a popular FEA program and obtain hands-on experience of meshing, material property specification, load application, boundary condition application, solving, and interpretation of results. Symmetry modeling and convergence of results will also be covered.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.
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