FEMAP tutorials, videos, seminars, and resources

All finite element analysts know this experience – take a single piece of solid CAD geometry, auto-mesh it, apply the boundary and analyze the model. It will be quick, easy and you think you will have some results ready to document in time to leave the office at a reasonable hour… and then the model crashes and the goose chase begins. Sometimes the simplest analysis projects can suck up a ridiculous amount of time.

In this technical seminar, we want to get back to the basics and talk about why it’s not always so basic. This presentation will walk through the standard analysis workflow from geometry to stress results and take a look at some of the common pitfalls. Along the way, we'll share with you some of our time saving techniques. We'll be working with solid geometry and tetrahedral meshes as we explore geometry preparation, mesh quality, model verification tools and finally, some recommended post-processing practices.

This webinar was held on:
Thursday, June 7, 2018
8:30am - 9:30am Pacific Time

This seminar was held on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

Despite continuous improvements in software and hardware, there’s still need for idealization and engineering judgement when it comes to creating effective FEA models. Yes, with today’s computational horsepower it’s possible to pull in a complex CAD assembly, put a fine tet-mesh on it, set up automatic connections and let it spin for a few hours. But your productivity might not be the best and it also puts you in a tight position for performing checks or sensitivity analyses or performing what-if scenarios. And most likely, you don’t want to lug around a million node model - debugging, run times, and data management all become quite painful with models of that size.

A more elegant approach is to follow the lead of FEA veterans and use a global-local modeling or breakout modeling approach. Global-local modeling takes a very large assembly and reduces it to something that is quick and easy to optimize. Another way to view global-local modeling is like an advanced form of FE symmetry – if it works for your simulation it is like free money.

This seminar covers a variety of FEMAP and NX Nastran topics relevant to global-local modeling from generating interface loads with freebody diagrams to extracting sub-sections of your model with the Select Toolbar.

This quick tutorial covers the challenge of an axisymmetric model with contact. We start from the basics and then show an example courtesy of one of our clients. We came up with this rather complex challenge and to solve it we started simply with a 2D plate with a hole then we moved to something axisymmetric. At the very end we were able to check it against our real model.

This five-minute-tutorial provides an introduction to the world of composite laminate modeling. From creating a 2D orthotropic material to using APIs to assist in post processing, this jam-packed tutorial covers our standard workflow. In fact it’s so jam packed, we had to add a couple extra minutes!


  • Composite Material (2D Orthotropic) – UD Carbon Fiber
  • 9-ply Symmetric Layup (45°/-45°/0°/90°/0°/90°/0°/-45°/45°)
  • Laminate Property with Hill Failure Theory
  • Meshing – just like standard plate elements
  • Material Orientation – the reference angle
  • Post Processing – deflection, stress and failure indices