• Location: Stockport
    5th July 2016
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Location: Stockport
    6th September 2016
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 12 Jan 2022 | Stockport Training Facility
    12th January 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 25 May 2022 | Cambridge Training Facility
    25th May 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 21 Sept 2023 | Stockport Training Facility
    21st September 2023
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 6 Dec 2023 | Stockport Training Facility
    6th December 2023
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learning or reviewing the fundamentals of finite element analysis (FEA), including best practice, will enable you to get the most out of your own simulation software or assess the FEA undertaken by others with confidence.

This concise, independent, software-neutral course will provide you with a solid foundation in the basic theory and application of the finite element method to structural mechanics – helping you to run and critically evaluate simulations effectively and accurately.

The training sessions combine formal presentations with a number of practical workshops to reinforce learning.

Who Should Attend?

Designers, engineers, researchers, students and managers who are currently or may in the future be involved with FEA within their role.

This course is suitable for anyone using FEA software directly, involved in specifying FEA projects or reviewing, checking and interpreting results within FEA reports.

As a fundamentals course, it is assumed that delegates do not have any previous experience. However, it can also serve as a refresher course if you have some existing FEA experience obtained from work or academic studies.


1 Day

The course commences at 9:00am and finishes at approximately 5:00pm.

Course Fee

£490, including lunch and refreshments.

Classroom Schedule

Please contact us for dates.

Venue Details

Online Training Option

An online course is also available as an alternative to classroom-based tuition.

Registration / Further Information

We can also run this course on a date of your choosing or as a bespoke course. Please let us know if you are interested in this option.

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Manchester Area

Whitworth House 28 Charles Street Stockport SK1 3JR  


Church Farm Barn 15 High Street Longstanton Cambridge CB24 3BP    

Course Topics Include:


  • FEA in Product Development
  • The FEA Approach
  • Expectations of Analysis

Basic Concepts of FEA

  • The Underlying Principles of FEA
  • Workshop – Analysis of a Circular Bar
  • Analysis of a Three Bar Assembly
  • Dynamic Loads
  • Structural Analysis Using Beams
  • Demonstration – Analysis of a Portal Frame

Building Blocks of FEA

  • Shape Functions
  • Element Types
  • Workshop – Which Element Type?
  • Mesh Convergence
  • Mesh Quality

Basics of Stress Analysis

  • Basics of Stress and Strain
  • Analysis of a Plate with a Hole

Analysis Approach

  • Analysis Types
  • Workshop – Boundary Conditions?
  • Assemblies

Example FEA Report

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Feedback from Previous Attendees

Great all round course for someone wanting to consolidate basic university knowledge with some industry experience – A great refresher. ITM Power (Trading) Ltd

Excellant facilities & course content – Tutor was knowledgeable about subject. James Fisher Nuclear (Egremont)

Good course an appropriate approach to FEA studies. Sotech Ltd

I have done other FEA courses, but this was the only one that clearly showed FEA basic principles by someone who knew the subject not just following software tutorial, Excellent course. Adventia 3D Ltd

Tutor extremely knowledgeable, i would recommend this course as an introduction to FEA. This covers the theory behind the FEA, which is fundamental if you want to conduct expert analysis. University of Strathclyde (AFRC)

Excellent training course to get an insight into FEA principles. Would strongly recommend if you have just started with it or need a refresher. Thomas Dudley Ltd

Excellent background knowledge into FEA and the principles of simulation. Thomas Dudley Ltd

Course provided important information that myself and colleagues have been concerned about when approaching FEA procedures. Knowledge and technique learned will be immediately used in all future projects. Tata Steel Strip Products 

A good refresher of university level knowledge without getting bogged down in mathematical derivations. Useful for designers who don’t do day-to-day analysis but need to understand the basic principles and application of FEA.

The content of the course was perfectly tailored to our applications and level of detail required. I like [the tutor’s] teaching style of introducing the broad topics in their basics and then going through each again in the next level of detail and then again at a higher level. Each time you feel like you know about the topic and can build on it which is very confidence inspiring.You have no choice but to absorb the information and learn it. A great technique. Red Bull Technology

Excellent course giving a good grounding to the fundamentals of FEA and its use on the industry. Precision Polymer Engineering

A very useful and interesting course – Highly recommended. Parkburn Precision Handling Systems

… was pleased with the training – it was just the right stepping stone for the career development plans we have for him this year and he was complimentary about the style and material. We’ll bear you in mind for future training provision. Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery

Excellent course pitched at the level we required……..The course was aimed at mechanical engineers who have access to software or results. It was a great insight into dangers of not understanding FEA and its results. AMEC

Very informative course taken by a knowledgeable tutor. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone new to FEA or looking for a refresher. Baker Perkins

The course was very informative and a great refresher on my existing knowledge, as well as adding valuable information to it. Chesterfield Special Cylinders 

Brilliant refresher course for those who have not used FEA day to day and need to refresh on understanding of fundamentals. NIS Limited

In terms of understanding FEA Principles, the course was a valuable source of info and also served as an aide memoir for those of us who needed reminding of our mechanical training. Eberspacher UK

A great introduction to FEA, providing an excellent base level intro to a very complex assessment method. Well worth attending. Recommend to all. ALE Heavylift

Great Course, knowledgeable tutor. Perfect for me after ten years of studying FEA at University. Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Good introduction for a complex subject …..Course provides a good grounding in the fundamentals of FEA. VT Nuclear plc

Good recap of material learnt at University in preparation of Introduction to ANSYS Workbench [training course]. Sellafield

… Most knowledgeable tutor who kept the whole day light hearted. Schlumberger

Informal course with good range of information. GE Power

Training was well organised & very informative as to the FEA principles. Tata Motors European Technical Centre

Good course, good tutor, good facilities. Recommended. Henrob Limited

The tutor was very knowledgeable. A very informative course. Ramboll UK

The course has helped me gain a greater understanding of how and why FEA is used. Senior Aerospace BWT

Great course, well presented and very relevant…Tutor really knew his stuff. Allspeeds

Excellent course, well presented. Silcoms 

Brilliant introduction to FEA for beginners. Moog Aircraft Group


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