Structural Mechanics Modeling in COMSOL Multiphysics®

June 21–24, 2022 11:00 a.m. EDT

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If you want to learn how to perform structural analyses in COMSOL Multiphysics®, this is the course for you. During the 4-day online course, we will introduce you to the structural mechanics modeling functionality in COMSOL Multiphysics®, the Structural Mechanics Module, and the Nonlinear Structural Materials Module. We will also go over structural optimization problems.

Day 1: Introduction to the Structural Mechanics Module

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. EDT

This session will begin with a basic theoretical session followed by an overview of the Structural Mechanics Module. This session will also cover basic modeling techniques such as meshing, solvers, and postprocessing in COMSOL Multiphysics® in order to make attendees familiar with the overall interface. The following topics will be covered:

  • Types of elements in COMSOL Multiphysics®, such as solid, shell, plate, membrane, beam, and truss
  • Boundary conditions
  • Simplified modeling techniques, such as adding lumped parameters (added mass, spring foundation, etc.)
  • Mixing element types (beam connection, shell connection, etc.)
  • Use of symmetry; plane stress/plane strain problems

2 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT

  • Stationary and time-dependent problems
  • Modal and prestressed analysis
  • Vibration analysis of a structure subjected to harmonic excitation for one or several frequencies

Day 2: Introduction to Nonlinearity in Structures

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. EDT

The second day builds upon the training from the first day. We will look at nonlinearity in structural analysis and contact modeling. The session will cover the following topics:

  • Sources of nonlinearity
  • Problems involving geometric nonlinearity
  • Working with material and spatial frames of reference
  • Load ramping techniques
  • Nonlinear material models

2 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT

  • Contact analysis
  • Augmented Lagrangian and penalty methods
  • Advanced settings (such as different solver options, initial contact conditions, scaling of variables, fall-back conditions, etc.)

Day 3: Work on Exercises (No class)

2 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

  • Q&A with Instructor if needed. Note: this session is optional and will not advance any materials from Day 1 or 2.

Day 4: Advanced Topics and Structural Optimization

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. EDT

The last day focuses on some of the advanced topic of structural analysis including Multiphysics coupling. The session will also cover shape and topology optimization of structures. The following topics will be covered:

  • Adaptive mesh refinement
  • Visualization and presentation of results
  • Multiphysics analysis: thermal stress
  • Fluid-structure interaction, acoustic-structure interaction
  • Thermal contact
  • Electromagnetic-structural analysis
  • Modeling piezoelectric materials

2 p.m. - 5 p.m. EDT

  • Basics of optimization
  • Design optimization
  • Shape optimization
  • Topology optimization

Some or all of the above topics will be considered according to the length of the course and the interests of the participants.

Suggested Background

This course assumes a mechanical engineering background and familiarity with the concepts of structural mechanics. We strongly recommend that those new to COMSOL Multiphysics® take the COMSOL Multiphysics® Introduction course prior to attending this class.

Pricing & Payment Methods

The price for this 4-day course is $795 per person.

We offer an academic discount to those who qualify. The academic rate for this course is $595.

We accept payment by credit card, company purchase order, check, wire, or direct deposit. For security purposes, please do not send credit card information via email.

This training course will be recorded, and the recording will be made available to all paid registrants.

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Pedro Henrique Cidreiro Martins
Applications Engineer

Pedro Martins joined COMSOL in 2021 as an application engineer specializing in structural mechanics. He received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, investigating the disintegration of confined granular system due to hydration and swelling. His areas of interest include contact mechanics, hyperplastic materials, and transport phenomena in granular materials.