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FEMAP tutorials, videos, seminars, and resources

We have condensed down our best modeling practices and recommendations into this 50 minute seminar. It covers how we verify our models for consulting clients and provides a template on how someone new to FEA can proceed safely in creating and analyzing a structure.

Many of our practices may sound routine and commonplace, but over the years we have not found it to be the case in the industrial FEA workplace. Although we may not cover every check known to FEA kind we believe that if one follows the guidelines given in this seminar one can avoid 95% of the problems that we have encountered within our own modeling work and that we have seen via technical support assistance.

There are so many options within the Femap Analysis Manager and for the majority of analyses, there's no need to mess with them. But as engineers, we always want to ask "What does this do? How does it work? Why is this here?"

For me, the Model Check page of the analysis manager stirred these questions. I finally stopped automatically clicking the "Next" button and started to investigate the Groundcheck options.

In this technical seminar we will explore the Groundcheck options with some example models to determine what these options do and when they are useful. In addition to the Groundcheck overview, I will present a "fluffy" API that uses the GFXArrow object to assist in making attractive Femap graphics.


This tutorial is from our online seminar held in March 2013.

This seminar is on multi-point constraints or R-elements (e.g., RBE2 and RBE3) and the CBUSH.

These elegantly formulated elements will be discussed from a theoretical background and then demonstrated through a number of examples.  The goal of this seminar is to provide the Nastran analyst with a comfortable foundation in how these elements can be used accurately and efficiently.  It has been our experience that in the modeling of bolted connections or non-structural discrete masses or just providing a flexible connection between adjacent parts, the right choice of connection element can be very important in the downstream results interpolation.