FEM - Linear, Nonlinear Analysis & Post-Processing


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In this Free Guided Project, you will:

Understand cloud-simulation technology and why it is so powerful

How to set up a linear & nonlinear static analysis and post-process the results

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1 hour
No download needed
Split-screen video
Desktop only

In this hands-on project, you will learn about the Finite Element Method (FEM) and perform a linear & nonlinear static analysis study using the cloud-based simulation tool SimScale. We will set up simulation cases with provided geometries to learn the fundamentals of the Finite Element Method and how a static linear and nonlinear analysis is approached in the first place. We will walk through the classical three step process of every simulation which includes the pre-processing, processing and post-processing step. SimScale is an engineering simulation platform that is revolutionizing the way engineers, designers, scientists, and students design products. The SimScale platform is accessible completely via a standard web browser, with an easy-to-use interface which supports numerous simulation types including solid mechanics (FEM), fluid dynamics (CFD) & thermodynamics. This course runs on Coursera's hands-on project platform called Rhyme. On Rhyme, you do projects in a hands-on manner in your browser. You will get instant access to pre-configured cloud desktops containing all of the software and data you need for the project, for this project you need no special setup or any data. Everything is already set up directly in your internet browser so you can just focus on learning! Notes: - This course works best for learners who are based in the North America region. We’re currently working on providing the same experience in other regions.


Basic knowledge in engineering mechanics

Skills you will develop

  • Finite Element Method

  • Nonlinear FEM

  • Material science

  • Cloud Based Simulation

  • Finite Element Analysis

Learn step-by-step

In a video that plays in a split-screen with your work area, your instructor will walk you through these steps:

  1. Understand what SimScale is and how the Dashboard is used for simulation

  2. Perform linear & nonlinear analyses

  3. Post-process your results and know how to perform a simple sanity check for your simulation

  4. Mesh your geometries

  5. Run your simulation

  6. Define boundary conditions (BCs) for your model and define other output results

  7. Understand where to upload geometries and how to use existing ones for simulations

How Guided Projects work

Your workspace is a cloud desktop right in your browser, no download required

In a split-screen video, your instructor guides you step-by-step

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