# Short course: Teaching Finite Element Analysis

Welcome
We do hope that the teaching material compiled herein will make your life as a teacher and instructor much easier. The teaching material in short, consists of:

• PPTs (for your presentations while teaching in the classroom)
• Tutorials - Handouts (PDFs) for your students
• Model Files to practise

We know - from our own teaching experiences - that class notes can always be improved. Hence, we are very eager to learn more about your preferences and recommendations.

What is this teaching course about?
The focus of the teaching material contained in this class package is on the practical aspects of the Finite Element Method. The theory behind this method is deliberately excluded.

Who is it for?
The teaching material may be used to educate undergraduate students who are new to the Finite Element Method. Alternatively, the material may be used for illustration purposes of the Finite Element Analysis process.

Why / How?
The software for preprocessing (model building), analysis and postprocessing (results visualization) utilized in here is Inspire: One single graphical user interface for everything. Inspire determines certain parameters such as element size or element type automatically (can be changed manually, of course). In addition, a material database (editable) can be referenced directly within Inspire. Also important to note, knowledge about the solver syntax (i.e. Card Images etc.) is not needed. This makes Inspire, with the embedded popular Finite Element Program OptiStruct (runs in the background), the perfect teaching simulation solution.

Duration
The duration of this short course may vary between a few hours (illustration of the Finite Element Analysis workflow) up to 20 hours or more – strongly depending on the number of exercises, homework assignments, presentation and discussion of results and so on.

Course content

• The Finite Element Method (very high-level)
• The Finite Element Analysis Procedure
• Basic Interaction with the Program (Inspire)
• Geometry Building and Editing
• Analysis Exercises
• How to do it?
• Plate with a Hole
• Wrench Analysis
• Fender Eigenfrequency Analysis
• Capstone Project: Modal Analysis of a Steel Frame
• Buckling of a Steel Column
• Interpreting Finite Element Analysis Results