BASIC MODULES


Model of a thermo-electrical insulation system, including non-linear contacts and large displacements caused by hinge rotation

The goal of the Basic Modules is to introduce and consolidate the main concepts of the Finite Element Method and the use of commercial Finite Element software.

In the theoretical subjects, the fundamentals of the Finite Element Method as well as the numerical and programming methods employed in its development and the mathematical models used to represent the behavior of the materials are shown.

In the application and practice subjects, the attendee is trained in the use of the Finite Element commercial software CivilFEM powered by Marc. The Basic Modules include the complete process of Linear Analyses, including geometry preprocessing, a complete training in FEA meshing procedures and the generation and solution to the complete Finite Element Model.

    The Basic Modules include the study of the complete process required to perform linear analyses, including:
  • Preliminary decisions: FE statement of the different engineering problems.
  • Pre-processing: Geometry creation, full training in FEA meshing procedures, setting material properties, establishing loads and boundary conditions.
  • Solution: Solving the equations set in the pre-processing phase.
  • Post-processing: To obtain the displacements, stresses, plots, lists, etc.

The study of this module will allow the student to understand and learn how to create and analyze linear finite elements models such as frame structures, bridges, linear analyses of dams, pile cap foundations, linear buckling of columns, etc.


SPECIALIZED MODULES


30 second transient analysis of gravity dam under a seismic load, showing the displacements due to a user defined boundary condition accelerogram

MODULE A - DYNAMIC ANALYSIS

The Dynamic Analysis module includes the study of dynamic phenomena that are present in structures or equipment.

The initial objective of the fundamentals subject is analyzing the dynamic problems that arise when calculating a structure and provides some criteria to resolve them, focusing on specific structural types and providing the essential concepts, while identifying the fundamental parameters which characterize the dynamic behavior of structural systems.

The application and practice subjects introduce the student to the concepts of dynamic analysis of structures by using the Finite Element commercial software CivilFEM powered by Marc. Dynamic analyses such as Modal analysis, Harmonic analysis, Spectrum analysis, Random analysis and Transient analysis are studied during the course, and are applied to real problems using CivilFEM powered by Marc.

The study of this module will allow the attendee to understand and learn how to create and analyze dynamic cases on finite element models such as seismic studies of buildings or dams, enforced vibrational studies in civil industry, etc.


Non-linear buckling of a steel frame. Critical load applied to the first mode of the structure, leading to global lateral buckling of the frame

MODULE B - NON-LINEAR ANALYSIS

The purpose of the Non-Linear Analysis module is to study the non-linear problems associated with structures.

A complete understanding of this behavior is achieved with the study of the concept of non-linear structures, the kind of problems that requires a non-linear analysis, the causes of non-linear behavior, the differences with linear analyses and the characteristics of non-linear analysis using finite elements.

All of these concepts and the study of this behavior are applied to real problems in the application and practice subjects using the Finite Element commercial software CivilFEM powered by Marc

The study of this module will allow the student to understand and learn how to create and analyze non-linear finite element models such as structures, parts in contact, non-linear buckling analyses in structures, construction processes, retaining walls, etc.


Von Mises stresses in a curtain wall anchor, including bolt and body contacts and non-linear behavior of steel, with critical load for steel yielding

MODULE E - STEEL STRUCTURE ADVANCED CALCULATION

The aim of the Steel Structure Advanced Calculation module is to introduce and consolidate the main concepts surrounding the advanced analysis of steel structures, by combining the theoretical part of the course with the verification part, using Finite Element models.

The fundamentals subject shows the theoretical approaches that support the current calculation tools, and verification of structures, facilitating the application of these tools according to the practical part of the module.

The application and practice subject studies the concepts of advanced analysis of steel structures through the use of the commercial software CivilFEM powered by Marc in different types of steel structure analyses.

The study of this module will allow the student to understand and learn how to create and analyze advanced steel structures finite element models, by studying different cases such as the application of steel regulations, advanced non-linear buckling analysis of steel structures, etc.


Shell concrete reinforcement amounts calculated for the Torroja's Hippodrome structure. Both X and Y, top and bottom reinforcements are obtained

MODULE H - ADVANCED CALCULATION OF CONCRETE STRUCTURES

The aim of the Advanced Calculation of Concrete Structures module is to introduce and consolidate the main concepts surrounding the advanced calculation of concrete structures.

The fundamental subject goes further into the calculation methods for concrete structures and is a theoretical basis for the study of the practical subjects.

The application and practice subject studies the concepts of advanced analysis of concrete structures by using the commercial software CivilFEM for ANSYS (APDL) in different types of analyses.

The study of this module will allow the student to understand and learn how to create and analyze advanced concrete structures such as slab bridges, advanced concrete buildings, non-linear concrete structures, concrete design and verification according to regulatory standards, etc.

NOTE: Module H availability depends on reaching a minimum number of registered attendees


Slope instability due to a building self-weight placed on top of a terrain simulating a hill. Equivalent plastic strains show the different yielding zones

MODULE I - GEOTECHNICS

The Geotechnical module includes the study of the mechanical, hydraulic and engineering properties of soil materials for application to Civil Engineering.

The theoretical subject introduces the geotechnical concepts of soil behavior models and constitutive equations, seepage, methods for estimating ultimate loads, analysis of retaining walls, slope stability, tunnels, etc.

The main objective of the application and practice subjects is to come into contact with and handle in a practical way the basic concepts of geotechnical application calculation using the commercial software CivilFEM powered by Marc.

The study of this module will allow the student to understand and learn how to create and analyze geotechnical models such as diaphragm walls, pile cap analysis, retaining walls, tunnel excavation processes, etc.


MASTER'S FINAL PROJECT

The Theoretical and Practical Application of the Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation Master's Program ultimately concludes with the Final Project. This project collects all the knowledge that has been acquired by the student through the study phase of the Expert and Specialist modules, and aligns all his/her aptitudes and capabilities under a common goal in a single project.

A tutor will be assigned to each project, depending on the areas involved, to guide the student during the project process.

In addition to the contributions from their own personal career, the training acquired by students will substantially influence the industrial capabilities of our society, nurturing it with highly qualified technicians for its development, prosperity and wellness.

For these reasons, on an annual basis the Master's Program rewards the students' dedication and the excellence of the best Final Project presented at the conclusion of the course. The National Distance Learning University (UNED) - through its Higher School of Industrial Engineers - rewards in this manner the student's effort and contribution to the study of the practical application of the Finite Element Method.