In this thread we provide you with the best resources you need to understand the functionalities of SimScale, set up your own simulations and learn about the theoretical fundamentals of the interesting field of the Finite Element Method (FEM). What are you waiting for? Let’s get started!
FEA  Finite Element Analysis on our SimWiki
\underline{\textbf{Fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis}}
The Finite Element Method (FEM) is a computational technique developed by engineers used to obtain approximate solutions to engineering problems.
 The Finite Element Method  Fundamentals Part #1
 Part #2: The Finite Element Method  Fundamentals  Physical Problems
 Part #3: The Finite Element Method  Fundamentals  Matrix Algebra

Part #4: The Finite Element Method  Fundamentals  Direct Approach for Discrete Systems
\rightarrow Homework for this exercise: Homework for Part 4  Part #5: The Finite Element Method  Fundamentals  Strong and Weak Form for 1D problems
\underline{\textbf{Workshops related to FEA}}
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\rightarrow Biomedical Engineering Workshop
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\rightarrow Aerospace Workshop
3. Are you inquisitive? The Makers workshop should be your ideal playground!
\rightarrow Makers Workshop
\rightarrow Equivalent German Workshop: Simulieren wie die Profis
4. Enthusiastic about drones? Drone Workshop
\underline{\textbf{Tutorials}}
Tutorials for FEA/CFD & Thermal Analysis: Tutorials
StepbyStep Tutorials: Learn Simulation StepByStep
\underline{\textbf{Textbooks}}

Introduction to the Finite Element Method – Niels Ottosen & Hans Petersson

The Finite Element Method Set (Sixth Edition) – O.C. Zienkiewicz, R.L. Taylor and J.Z. Zhu

A First Course in Finite Elements – Jacob Fish, Ted Belytschko

Concepts and Applications of Finite Element Analysis – Robert D. Cook and David S. Malkus

[Finite Element Procedures in Engineering Analysis] (https://www.amazon.com/ProceduresEngineeringPrenticeHallengineeringmechanics) – K.J. Bathe (MIT)
\underline{\textbf{Videos}}

Finite Element Procedures for Solids and Structures – Full course by K.J. Bathe (Professor @ MIT)

FEA Simulation Setup  by SimScale

FEA Mesh  by SimScale
\underline{\textbf{Blog}}
\underline{\textbf{Static Analysis on SimScale}}
Static analysis is used to determine the displacements, stresses, strains, and forces in structures or components caused by loads that do not induce significant inertia and damping effects.
 Steady loading and response conditions are assumed
 Externally applied forces and pressure
 Steadystate inertial forces (such as gravity or rotational velocity)
 Imposed (nonzero) displacements
Linear Static Analysis

Linear Assumption  Deflections should be small and rotations should be less that 10 degrees. Boundary conditions should be constant

Elasticity Assumption  Assigned material should be linear elastic (ie. when a load is removed, the part returns to its initial shape)

Static Assumption  Load can be applied in a single step (or pseudo time steps)
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Nonlinear Static Analysis
Types of nonlinearities (read more…):

Material Nonlinearity (Plastic material database)

Geometric Nonlinearity

Boundary Condition Nonlinearity
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\underline{\textbf{Available Static Solvers on SimScale}}
Source: @cjquijano
\underline{\textbf{Dynamic Analysis with SimScale}}
Dynamics Analysis is used to determine the timevarying displacements, strains, stresses, and forces in a structure as it responds to any combination of static, transient, and harmonic loads.
Inertia or damping effects are included. If the inertia and damping effects are not important, use a static analysis instead.
Frequency Analysis
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Modal Analysis
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Harmonic Analysis
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Linear Dynamic Analysis
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 Dynamic Analysis of Gears[/details]
Nonlinear Dynamic Analysis
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\underline{\textbf{Available Dynamic Solvers on SimScale}}
Source: @cjquijano
Source: @cjquijano
\underline{\textbf{Advanced Topics in FEA}}
Cyclic Symmetry

Cyclic symmetry  SimScale documentation

Forces and Result visualization for Cyclic Symmetry  user question in SimScale forum
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Remote Displacement/Force
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Elastic Support
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Material Damping
 Approach for Selection of Rayleigh Damping Parameters  2009 ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
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Hyperelastic Material Models

Hyperelastic materials  SimScale documentation

How to Choose a Hyperelastic Material Model for your Finite Element Analysis?  SimScale blog

Hyperelastic curve fitting constants  user question in the SimScale forum
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Physical Contact (nonlinear)

Physical contacts  SimScale documentation
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\underline{\textbf{Validation Cases using SimScale}}
In these validation cases, the simulation results on SimScale are compared to the numerical results presented in other studies to validate the accuracy of our solvers
Validation cases: Solid Mechanics Validation Cases
Click to see all validation cases
 Thick Plate Under Pressure (NAFMES LE10)
 Hollow Cylinder In Plain Strain (Code_Aster SSLV04)
 Pinned Bar Under Gravitational Load
 Frequency Analysis of a Sphere (Code_Aster SDLV401)
 Voluminal Paving Stone Subjected To A Harmonic Pressure (Code_Aster SDLV124)
 3D Triaxial Load Secondary Creep (NAFEMS Creep Test 6(a))
 3D Triaxial Displacement Secondary Creep (NAFEMS Creep Test 6(b))
 3D Triaxial Load Primary Creep (NAFEMS Creep Test 11)
 Hertzian Contact Between Two Spheres (Code_Aster SSNV104)
 3D Punch (Rounded Edges) (NAFEMS Contact Benchmark 2)
 Fixed Beam Under Gravitational Load
 Circular Shaft Under Torque
 Quarter Shaft Subjected To A Fixed Rotation
 Hyperelastic equibiaxial tension test
 Hyperelastic planar (pure shear) tension test
 Hyperelastic uniaxial tension test
 Elastoplastic Notched Plate
 I Beam Under Remote Force
 Cylinder Under Rotational Force
 Impact Of An Elastoplastic Bar (Code_Aster SDNV103)
 Straight beam with damping of Rayleigh (Code_Aster SDLS123)
 Eigenfrequencies of a Summarized thick cylindrical (Code_Aster SDLS109)
 Straight beam  Harmonic analysis (Code_Aster SHLL101)
 Free vibrations on elastic support
\underline{\textbf{FAQ}}
For the FAQ, please visit: Frequently Asked Questions