FEA Best Practices (Self-paced Learning Available)

Course Overview

This course is designed to bridge the gap between procedurally oriented training seminars and mathematically oriented finite element method classes. The course material is derived from many decades of applied FEA experience and is presented in a clear style developed from years of FEA training and support.

The course presents a variety of topics relevant to every engineer or manager of engineers engaged in the simulation of thermal and mechanical systems with the use of finite element software. Every manager must be able to ask, and every analyst must be able to answer the questions "how do your assumptions impact the accuracy of your finite element model?" and "how do you use FEA results to make responsible engineering decisions?" To help students answer these all-important questions, reliable and practical techniques are presented with clarity and insight. In addition to these issues, specific modeling techniques are presented to help make the most of your time. In addition, guidance is provided as to how to select the right approach for a given problem taking into consideration the current state-of-the art in computer hardware and software resources.

The main goal of the FEA Best Practices course is to equip students to use FEA with skill and confidence.



  • B.S. in engineering or relevant engineering experience. Knowledge of finite element theory recommended. Workshops are based upon working knowledge of Ansys Mechanical.  The Ansys Mechanical Getting Started course is recommended.

Target Audience:

Engineers and Designers, Managers

Teaching Method:

Lectures and computer practical sessions to validate acquired knowledge.

Self-paced Learning:

Complete a class on your own schedule at your own pace. Scope is equivalent to Instructor led classes. Includes video lecture, workshops and input files. All our Self-Paced video courses are only available with an Ansys Learning Hub subscription. Register for a subscription using the tab below or contact training@ansys.com for more information.

Learning Path


Learning Outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Make informed decisions regarding adequate mesh density and the application of various element formulations and integration schemes to produce simulation results with confidence.
  • Apply proper element types (solid, shell, beam), make use of submodeling, and apply various types of symmetry to produce efficient solutions while capturing analysis intent.
  • Recognize stress singularities and how geometry, mesh, and loading conditions may either contribute to or alleviate them.
  • Benefit from a pre- and post-processing checklist designed to prevent the most common sources of errors when performing finite element simulations.

Available Dates

Time Duration Event Type Location Language Course Cost Registration
February 08, 2021
11:00 - 13:00 EST (GMT -5)
4 Sessions
Feb 08-10
Virtual Virtual - WebEx English Subscription Only Register
April 26, 2021
09:00 - 11:00 EST (GMT -5)
4 Session
Apr 26-29
Virtual Virtual - WebEx English Subscription Only

Learning Options

Training materials for this course are available with a Ansys Learning Hub Subscription. If there is no active public schedule available, private training can be arranged. Please contact us.


This is a 2 day classroom course covering both lectures and workshops. For virtual training, this course is covered over 4 x 2 hour sessions, lectures only.

  • Fundamentals
  • Advantages/Disadvantages of FEA
  • Element Theory
  • Fundamental Equations
  • Numerical Integration
  • Element Types; Solids, Shells, Beams, Contact
  • CAD Model Considerations
  • Mesh, Shape Checking, Mixing Element Types
  • Singularities
  • Symmetry
  • Submodeling, Preloaded Joints, Orthotropic Materials
  • Solvers and Constraining Rigid Body Motion
  • Model Review Checklist
  • Step-by-Step Postprocessing and Poor Correlation Between FEA/Test

Virtual Classroom Session 1 / Live Classroom Day 1

  • Module 01: Overview
  • Module 02: Element Theory
  • Workshops 02.1, 02.1
  • Module 03: Element Types
  • Workshop 03.1

Virtual Classroom Session 2 / Live Classroom Day 1

  • Module 03: Element Types (cont’d)
  • Workshop 03.2
  • Module 04: Preprocessing Part I
  • Workshop 04.1

Virtual Classroom Session 3 / Live Classroom Day 2

  • Module 05: Preprocessing Part II
  • Workshop 05.1
  • Module 06: Preprocessing Part III
  • Module 07: Solution

Virtual Classroom Session 4 / Live Classroom Day 2

  • Module 07: Solution (cont’d)
  • Module 08: Postprocessing
  • Workshop 08.1