Computer Aided Engineering, Training & Consulting

Training

We provide training in Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) methods used in product development process. Our seminars are integrated in the professional development programs of educational institutions and professional organizations. They are also offered directly to engineering firms looking for cost savings and shorter product development times realized by implementation of CAE tools.

Finite Element Analysis with SOLIDWORKS Simulation

Training courses range from introductory to advanced and may take form of traditional classroom training or on-line webinars. Topics are illustrated with SOLIDWORKS Simulation and Flow Simulation, but the acquired skills are not software specific and apply to any commercial CAE program. All topics are supported by illustrative examples, knowledge checks and learning assessments.

The existing training courses may be customized, and new courses may be developed to address your specific needs and interests. Here is a short sample of our CAE training offer; please contact us if you would like to see the detailed course outline.

Courses

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) for Design Engineers

Assuming you have a mechanical engineering background, this course takes you from a novice to a functional FEA user during 12 hours of classroom time or six on-line sessions. It starts with FEA fundamentals, review of inherent errors in FEA process, convergence analysis, discussion of types of finite elements and modeling techniques. A linear static analysis is presented first, then it is generalized into a non-linear static analysis, followed by modal, linear buckling and thermal analyses. The course wraps up with tips on CAD-FEA interfacing, best ways of implementing FEA into the design process and review of common traps and misconceptions surrounding FEA.

Vibration Analysis with Finite Element Analysis

Participants of this course are comfortable with static analysis using FEA. Vibration Analysis course builds on that prerequisite knowledge and offers an in-depth review of modal analysis followed by the Modal Superposition Method laying out foundation for linear Time Response and linear Frequency Response analyses. Nonlinear vibration analysis with all its intricacies is also presented and illustrated with live examples. Typical duration is 12 hours in classroom format or on-line delivery.

Advanced Vibration Analysis with Finite Element Analysis

Advanced Vibration course is a continuation of the above Vibration Analysis with Finite Element Analysis course. Prerequisite knowledge of Vibration Analysis is required. The course expands on the topics of nonlinear vibration, then proceeds to cover Random Vibration and Response Spectrum (Seismic Response) analyses. Typical duration is 6 contact hours.

Nonlinear Structural Analysis with Finite Element Analysis

Working knowledge of linear FEA is a prerequisite for this Nonlinear Analysis course. The course offers an in-depth review of different types of nonlinear behavior including large displacements, large strain and nonlinear material such as hyper- elastic, plasticity and shape memory. The course included the modeling nonlinear buckling combined with plasticity effects. Nonlinear connectors such as bolts are also presented using real life examples. Typical duration is 6 contact hours.

Advanced Thermal Analysis

This course picks up from where thermal Analysis is concluded in the introductory course Finite Element Analysis for Design Engineers. Advanced Thermal Analysis exposes limitations of FEA when used alone to model heat transfer by convection. It introduces the Conjugate Heat Transfer analysis accomplished by a combined use of Fluid Motions analysis based on the Finite Volume Method and Thermal Analyses based on the Finite Element Method. Heat transfer in solids and fluids as well as fluid-solid interactions are also studied in a number of multiphysics problems.


Webinars for SAE International

Finite Element Analysis for Design Engineers (WB1241)

Link: https://www.sae.org/learn/content/wb1241/

Overview & Objectives

The Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has been widely implemented by automotive companies and is used by design engineers as a tool during the product development process. Design engineers analyze their own designs while they are still in the form of easily modifiable CAD models to allow for quick turnaround times and to ensure prompt implementation of analysis results in the design process. While FEA software is readily available, successful use of FEA as a design tool still requires an understanding of FEA basics, familiarity with FEA process and commonly used modeling techniques, as well as an appreciation of inherent errors and their effect on the quality of results. When used properly, the FEA becomes a tremendous productivity tool, helping design engineers reduce product development time and cost. Misapplication of FEA however, may lead to erroneous design decisions, which are very expensive to correct later in the design process.

This six-session web seminar provides design engineers with the skills necessary for proper use of FEA in the design process and to ensure that this powerful tool is implemented in the most efficient and productive way. Participants will study different types of analyses typically performed, discuss common misconceptions and traps in the FEA, and review Implementation of Management of FEA in the design environment. The online format will allow for some customization so problems of particular interest to participants and an exchange of FEA experiences may be discussed during the live sessions. Hands-on exercises focusing on the analysis of FEA errors and proper modeling techniques will be assigned.

All topics are illustrated by hands-on examples using FEA software SolidWorks® Simulation for which participants will be provided a Student License (compatible with Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10; IE 10,11; MS Excel and Word 2010, 2013, 2016). Acquired skills, however, are not software specific and no prior exposure to FEA software is required. The eBook, "Engineering Analysis with SolidWorks® Simulation" by Paul Kurowski, will also be included in the course materials. In-class, hands-on exercises and between-session assignments will provide an opportunity to put what is learned into practice.

Learning Objectives

By participating in this web seminar, you will be able to:

  • Select preferable modeling approaches
  • Analyze errors inherent to FEA results
  • Identify FEA advantages and shortcomings
  • Avoid mistakes and pitfalls in FEA
  • Produce reliable results on time
  • Request FEA analysis and use FEA results
  • Provide effective FEA project management
  • Ensure quality and cost-effectiveness of FEA projects
Who Should Attend

This course addresses the needs of design engineers who are not specialized analysts but need to use the Finite Element Analysis to analyze new product during the design process. Also non-specialist FEA users, R&D engineers and managers, project engineers, and product engineers will benefit from its coverage of different FEA formulations, tools for error analysis, common errors, traps and misconceptions, and an introduction to FEA project management.

This course satisfies a requirement in the Product Engineering Tools and Methods Certificate Program.

Looking for more advanced FEA courses? Consider FEA Beyond Basics: Nonlinear Analysis and FEA Beyond Basics: Thermal Analysis.

Vibration Analysis with FEA (WB1401)

Link: https://www.sae.org/learn/content/wb1401/

Overview & Objectives

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has been used by engineers as a design tool in new product development since the early 1990's. Until recently, most FEA applications have been limited to static analysis due to the cost and complexity of advanced types of analyses. Progress in the commercial FEA software and in computing hardware has now made it practical to use advanced types as an everyday design tool of design engineers. In addition, competitive pressures and quality requirements demand a more in-depth understanding of product behavior under real life loading conditions. This course will enable participants to expand the scope of FEA to vibration analysis to simulate product behavior under those conditions.

This six-session web seminar introduces vibration analysis performed with Finite Element Analysis (FEA). By considering time-dependent loads and inertial and damping effects, vibration analysis allows for a more in-depth product simulation thus reducing product development cost and time. The course reviews basic concepts of vibration analysis and illustrates how they are implemented in FEA to simulate product behavior. The most common types of vibration analysis such as modal, time response, and frequency response will be covered.

All topics are illustrated using FEA software, SolidWorks® Simulation, for which participants will be provided a student license (compatible with 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10; IE 10,11; MS Excel and Word 2010, 2013, 2016) and opportunity to practice skills learned. Acquired skills, however, will not be software specific and no prior exposure to FEA software is required. The eBook, "Vibration Analysis with SolidWorks® Simulation" by Paul Kurowski, will also be included in the course materials. In-class, hands-on exercises and between-session assignments will provide an opportunity to put what is learned into practice.

Learning Objectives

By participating in this web seminar, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the importance of dynamic effects in product simulation
  • Analyze inertial and damping effects in structural response
  • Perform modal analysis, time response analysis and frequency response analysis
  • Apply proper FEA modeling techniques to model system vibration
  • Use vibration analysis as a design tool
Who Should Attend

The course will be of interest to design, R&D, project, and product engineers who already use Finite Element Analysis (FEA) as a design tool and would like to explore if and how vibration analysis with FEA may benefit the design process. It builds on participants' experience with static FEA and on knowledge of mechanical vibrations common to any mechanical engineer.

Prerequisites

Participants should have a degree in mechanical engineering and have some experience with FEA either by participating in the SAE Finite Element Analysis for Design Engineers web seminar or on demand course.

On Demand Introductory Course: FEA for Design Engineers (PD531241)

Link: https://www.sae.org/learn/content/pd531241/

Overview & Objectives

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a computer-aided engineering (CAE) tool used to analyze how a design reacts under real-world conditions. Useful in structural, vibration, and thermal analysis, FEA has been widely implemented by automotive companies. It’s used by design engineers as a design tool during the product development process because it allows them to analyze their own designs while they are still in the form of easily modifiable CAD models, providing quick turnaround times and ensuring prompt implementation of analysis results in the design process. While FEA software is readily available, successful use of FEA as a design tool still requires an understanding of FEA basics, familiarity with the FEA process and commonly used modeling techniques, and an appreciation of inherent errors and their effect on the quality of results. When used properly, the FEA becomes a tremendous productivity tool, helping design engineers reduce product development time and cost. Misapplication of FEA, however, may lead to erroneous design decisions, which are very expensive to correct later in the design process.

This on demand course provides the skills necessary for proper use of FEA in the design process and ensures that the powerful tool is implemented in the most efficient and productive way. Participants will begin with the foundational FEA process, observe expert demonstrations showing how FEA is conducted using real models, study different types of typically performed analysis, discuss common misconceptions and errors made, and explore how FEA can be implemented within the design environment. Hands-on exercises focusing on FEA fundamentals, different types of analysis, and proper modeling techniques are included.

All topics are illustrated by hands-on examples using FEA software SolidWorks® Simulation for which participants will be provided a Student License (compatible with Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10; IE 10,11; MS Excel and Word 2010, 2013, 2016). Acquired skills, however, are not software specific and no prior exposure to FEA software is required. The eBook, "Engineering Analysis with SolidWorks® Simulation" by Paul Kurowski, will also be included in the course materials.

While the course is approximately eight hours in length, the estimated time to completion, including practice exercises, knowledge checks and the learning assessment is twelve hours.

Objectives

By participating in this On Demand course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the purpose of using FEA in the design process
  • Identify and avoid errors inherent to FEA results
  • Identify FEA advantages and shortcomings
  • Recognize and avoid common FEA mistakes
  • Produce reliable results on time
  • Interpret and use FEA results
  • Explain an effective approach to FEA project management
  • Ensure quality and cost-effectiveness of FEA projects
Materials Provided
  • 90 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase) to the eight hour presentation
  • The eBook, Engineering Analysis using SOLIDWORKS® Simulation by Paul Kurowski (loaded into My SAE Library)
  • Student License to SOLIDWORKS® 
  • Job Aids (included in each module of published course)
SOLIDWORKS® Models
  • Integrated knowledge checks to reinforce key concepts
  • Follow-up to your content questions
  • 1.2 CEU* or Certificate of Achievement (upon completion of all course content and a score of 70% or higher on the learning assessment)

*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.

Is this On Demand Course for You?

This course addresses the needs of design engineers using Finite Element Analysis on a new product during the design process. Non-specialized analysts and FEA users, R&D engineers and managers, and project and product engineers can benefit from this introduction to FEA concepts.

Webinar RePlay: Vibration Analysis Using FEA (PD331401ON)

Link: https://www.sae.org/learn/content/pd331401on/

Overview & Objectives

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has been used by engineers as a design tool in new product development since the early 1990's. Until recently, most FEA applications have been limited to static analysis due to the cost and complexity of advanced types of analyses. Progress in the commercial FEA software and in computing hardware has now made it practical to use advanced types as an everyday design tool of design engineers. In addition, competitive pressures and quality requirements demand a more in-depth understanding of product behavior under real life loading conditions. This course will enable participants to expand the scope of FEA to vibration analysis to simulate product behavior under those conditions.

This RePlay introduces vibration analysis performed with Finite Element Analysis (FEA). By considering time-dependent loads and inertial and damping effects, vibration analysis allows for a more in-depth product simulation thus reducing product development cost and time. The course reviews basic concepts of vibration analysis and illustrates how they are implemented in FEA to simulate product behavior. The most common types of vibration analysis such as modal, time response, and frequency response will be covered.

All topics are illustrated using FEA software, SolidWorks® Simulation, for which participants will be provided a student license (compatible with 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10; IE 10,11; MS Excel and Word 2010, 2013, 2016) and opportunity to practice skills learned. Acquired skills, however, will not be software specific and no prior exposure to FEA software is required.

Prerequisites

Participants should have a degree in mechanical engineering and have some experience with FEA either by participating in the SAE Finite Element Analysis for Design Engineers Web Seminar, on demand course or Seminar or through equivalent work experience. Familiarity with Windows OS and some CAD is helpful. The textbook, “Engineering Analysis with SolidWorks® Simulation” by Paul Kurowski, is recommended reading.

Objectives

By participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Evaluate the importance of dynamic effects in product simulation
  • Analyze inertial and damping effects in structural response
  • Perform modal analysis, time response analysis and frequency response analysis
  • Apply proper FEA modeling techniques to model system vibration
  • Use vibration analysis as a design tool
Materials Provided
  • 90 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase) access to the six session, approximately twelve hour, recorded presentation
  • Course workbook (downloadable, .pdf's)
  • The eBook, Vibration Analysis with SolidWorks® Simulation, by Paul Kurowski
  • Student license to SolidWorks® Simulation software
  • Online learning assessment
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  • 1.2 CEUs*/Certificate of Achievement (upon completion of all course content and a score of 70% or higher on the learning

*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.

Is this Web Seminar RePlay for You?

The course will be of interest to design, R&D, project, and product engineers who already use Finite Element Analysis (FEA) as a design tool and would like to explore if and how vibration analysis with FEA may benefit the design process. It builds on participants' experience with static FEA and on knowledge of mechanical vibrations common to any mechanical engineer.


Advanced FEA — Beyond Basics

Webinar RePlay: Nonlinear Analysis (PD331725)

Link: https://www.sae.org/learn/content/pd331725/

Overview & Objectives

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has been an indispensable tool for design simulation for several decades but this wide spread use has been limited to simple types of analyses. Relatively recently, more advanced analyses have given easy-to-use interfaces enabling design engineers to simulate problems formerly reserved for analysts. FEA Beyond Basics targets the FEA users who wish to explore those advanced analysis capabilities. It will demonstrate how to move past the ubiquitous linear structural analysis and solve structural nonlinear problems characterized by nonlinear material, large displacements, buckling or nonlinear connectors. The discussion will help participants identify, set up and solve complex nonlinear problems and as well as use results of nonlinear analysis to support the product design process.

All topics are illustrated using FEA software, SolidWorks® Simulation, for which participants will be provided a student license (compatible with 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10; IE 10,11; MS Excel and Word 2010, 2013, 2016) and opportunity to practice skills learned. Acquired skills, however, will not be software specific and no prior exposure to FEA software is required. Hands-on exercises and demonstrations will provide an opportunity to put what is learned into practice.

Objectives
  • By participating in this course, you will be able to:
  • Identify a need for a nonlinear structural analysis
  • Identify the types of nonlinearities
  • Employ correct problem definition and solution strategy
  • Select applicable modeling techniques
  • Assess and implement results of nonlinear analysis
Materials Provided
  • 90 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase) to the three session, approximately seven hour, recorded presentation
  • Course workbook (downloadable, .pdf's)
  • Online learning assessment
  • Instructor follow up to your content questions 
  • .7 CEUs* (upon completion of all course modules and satisfactory assessment score)

*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.

Is this Web Seminar RePlay for You?

The course is intended for design engineers who already have a foundational understanding of FEA but need to elevate its use to an advanced level to predict product behavior more closely.

Webinar RePlay: Thermal Analysis (PD331726)

Link: https://www.sae.org/learn/content/pd331726/

Overview & Objectives

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a powerful and well recognized tool used in the analysis of heat transfer problems. However, FEA can only analyze solid bodies and, by necessity thermal analysis with FEA is limited to conductive heat transfer. The other two types of heat transfer: convection and radiation must by approximated by boundary conditions. Modeling all three mechanisms of heat transfer without arbitrary assumption requires a combined use of FEA and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

This advanced course is for FEA users who need to expand thermal analysis to include heat transfer in solids and fluids without the use of arbitrary convective or radiative boundary conditions. The course demonstrates how FEA and CFD work together to solve conjugate heat transfer problems producing results that simulate real life problems.

All topics are illustrated using FEA software, SolidWorks® Simulation, for which participants will be provided a student license (compatible with 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10; IE 10,11; MS Excel and Word 2010, 2013, 2016) and opportunity to practice skills learned. Acquired skills, however, will not be software specific and no prior exposure to FEA software is required. Hands-on exercises and demonstrations will provide an opportunity to put what is learned into practice.

Objectives
  • By participating in this course, you will be able to:
  • Identify mechanisms of heat transfer present in an analysis problem
  • Implement FEA and/or CFD to analyze heat transfer
  • Perform conjugate heat transfer analysis
  • Select applicable modeling techniques
  • Assess and implement results of thermal analysis
Materials Provided
  • 90 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase) to the three session, approximately seven hour, recorded presentation
  • Online learning assessment
  • Instructor follow up to your content questions 
  • .7 CEUs* (upon completion of all course modules and satisfactory assessment score)

*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.

Is this Web Seminar RePlay for You?

The course is intended for design engineers who already have a foundational understanding of FEA but need to elevate its use to an advanced level to predict product behavior more closely.