Structural Mechanics Modeling in COMSOL

September 26–29, 2023 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 day 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 and postprocessing in COMSOL Multiphysics® so that attendees can become familiar with the user interface. The following topics will be covered:

  • Types of elements in COMSOL Multiphysics® (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 and 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 on 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, fallback conditions, etc.)

Day 3: Work on Exercises (No class)

2 p.m.–4 p.m. EDT

Q&A with instructor is available if needed. Note: This session is optional.

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 couplings. We will also discuss the 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

The depth of coverage of some or all of the abovementioned topics may vary according to the time available and the interests of the participants.

Suggested Background

This course assumes some familiarity with the basic concepts of structural mechanics, dynamics & vibration and nonlinear structural materials. We strongly recommend that those new to COMSOL Multiphysics® take the COMSOL Multiphysics® Introductory course prior to attending this class.

Pricing & Payment Methods

The price for this online training 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.

Mail payments or purchase orders to:

100 District Avenue
Burlington, MA 01803

Fax purchase orders to:

ATTN: Training
(781) 273-6603

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September 26–29, 2023 | 11:00 a.m. EDT (UTC-04:00)
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