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Finite Element Modelling for the Construction Professional

  • Level(s) of Study: Professional / Short course
  • Start Date(s): 18 April 2023
  • Duration: Tuesdays 6 - 8.30 pm, ten weeks
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
  • Campus: City Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

On this course you will evaluate the application of the Finite Element Method (FEM) to obtain approximate solutions of complex structural problems.

It’s useful for anyone in the construction sector who is looking to develop their overall knowledge and skills of structural problems and increase the contents of their analytical toolbox.

It’s also useful for a range of infrastructure related sectors, including hydraulics and fluid flow.

You’ll be able to integrate your knowledge of mathematics, science, information technology design and engineering practice to a solve substantial range of real-life problems associated with finite element analysis.

In a series of lectures, you’ll be introduced to the theory behind FEM, how to derive the governing differential equations and how to apply the method in sample structural problems.

You’ll be introduced to FEM software (ANSYS), a leading engineering analysis tool which uses comprehensive element technology, an extensive library of material models and advanced post-processing capability.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • be confident in explaining and critiquing the principles of FEM analysis used in structural engineering
  • have produced computer-based models to systematically assess structural engineering problems in finite element form, and be aware of their limitations
  • appraised the design process and have adapted techniques and novel solutions to a wide range of applications
  • be able to identify and assess risks and apply risk assessments and mitigation strategies
  • argue efficiently and effectively at all levels on matters of FEM.

What will I gain?

A CPD certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Should the assessment be successfully completed, the course provides 5 NTU undergraduate credits.

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:

Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you’ll study

On the course, you will:

  • learn about weighted residual methods using the Galerkin finite element method
  • consider derivation of governing differential equations for one and two-dimensional problems
  • understand numerical solutions governing differential equations
  • look at modal analysis of structures and the extraction of natural frequencies
  • practise linear transient dynamic analyses
  • model material nonlinearity, buckling and stability of structures
  • use techniques involved in 2D and 3D solid modelling
  • explore symmetry and generate FE mesh, bricks, tetrahedral, linear and quadratic elements and boundary conditions
  • use solving systems in time domain, mixed models and constrain equations
  • learn how to use the advanced post-processing capability of the software to produce associated reports.

How you’re taught

Teaching and learning will take place using a flexible programme of workshops, demonstrations, seminar groups and tutorials.

Entry requirements

No previous qualifications or experience is needed to access this course.

If you have any queries about this course, please email: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk.

No previous qualifications or experience is needed to access this course.

If you have any queries about this course, please email: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £675

Payment is due before the course starts.

The fee for this course is £675

Payment is due before the course starts.

How to apply

To book a place on this course, please contact: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk

To book a place on this course, please contact: cpdbe@ntu.ac.uk