FEA Beyond Basics: Thermal Analysis Web Seminar RePlay

Course code: PD331726

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a powerful and well recognized tool used in the analysis of heat transfer problems. However, FEA can only analyze solid bodies and, by necessity thermal analysis with FEA is limited to conductive heat transfer. The other two types of heat transfer: convection and radiation must by approximated by boundary conditions. Modeling all three mechanisms of heat transfer without arbitrary assumption requires a combined use of FEA and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

This advanced course is for FEA users who need to expand thermal analysis to include heat transfer in solids and fluids without the use of arbitrary convective or radiative boundary conditions. The course demonstrates how FEA and CFD work together to solve conjugate heat transfer problems producing results that simulate real life problems.

All topics are illustrated using FEA software, SolidWorks® Simulation, for which participants will be provided a student license (compatible with 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10; IE 10,11; MS Excel and Word 2010, 2013, 2016) and opportunity to practice skills learned. Acquired skills, however, will not be software specific and no prior exposure to FEA software is required. Hands-on exercises and demonstrations will provide an opportunity to put what is learned into practice.


By participating in this course, you\’ll be able to:

  • Identify mechanisms of heat transfer present in an analysis problem
  • Implement FEA and/or CFD to analyze heat transfer
  • Perform conjugate heat transfer analysis
  • Select applicable modeling techniques
  • Assess and implement results of thermal analysis

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Starting date: Upon request

Type: TOD

Course duration: 90 days

Language: en

Price without VAT: 560 EUR


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Course structure

Session 1

  • Modeling Different Mechanisms of Heat Transfer
  • Steady State Thermal Analysis
  • Transient Thermal Analysis

Session 2

  • Overview of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Comparison between FEA and CFD
  • Internal and External Fluid Flow Problems
  • Interfacing between FEA and CFD
  • Conjugate Heat Flow

Session 3

  • Analysis of Convective Heat Transfer with CFD and FEA
  • Analysis of Radiative Heat Ttransfer with CFD and FEA
Materials Provided
  • 90 days of online single-user access (from date of purchase)
  • Seven hours of instructor-delivered content
  • Course workbook (downloadable, .pdf)
  • Online learning assessment
  • Instructor follow up to your content questions
  • .7 CEUs* (upon completion of all course modules and satisfactory assessment score)

*SAE International is authorized by IACET to offer CEUs for this course.


The course is intended for design engineers who already have a foundational understanding of FEA but need to elevate its use to an advanced level to predict product behavior more closely.

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