Finite element analysis using Abaqus software

Online course

50 hours / 6 weeks

Dates: to be determined


Finite Element (FE) method is widely used by industry-leading companies, like NASA, Boing, Apple, Alphabet, Microsoft, Caterpillar, BMW, Volvo among others, to perform many types of analysis including structural simulations. Abaqus FEA (Dassault Systèmes Simulia Corp.) is the world’s technology-leading software that is mostly used for structural finite element simulations and results-postprocessing. The software includes a rich library of material models that enables simulating many structures made from different materials like metals, polymers, biomaterials, composites, etc. Abaqus FEA software includes geometric, material, and contact nonlinearities and has two main solvers for structural simulations:

  • Abaqus/Standard: A Finite-Element analysis solver based on implicit integration scheme, which can be used to perform linear and nonlinear static, quasi-static, and dynamic FE analysis.
  • Abaqus/Explicit: A Finite-Element analysis solver based on explicit integration scheme, which can be used to solve highly nonlinear systems. It is mainly used for dynamic simulations. However, it can be used to perform quasi-static finite element analysis as well.


By the end of this course, you will have the needed background, knowledge, and practical experience to use Abaqus standard and explicit solvers to perform various types of analysis with confidence. Besides by the end of this course, you will learn how to professionally post-process analysis results using Abaqus viewer.

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Abaqus Student Edition free license can be obtained from this link.

This course consists of six different sessions (1 session/week). In this course you will be provided a theoretical background review about the following topics:

  • – Introduction to solid mechanics.
  • – Linear finite element method.
  • – Nonlinear finite element method.
  • – Extended/generalized finite element method.
  • – Material fracture and failure.

Besides, you will be given detailed training about the Abaqus software. In particular, in this course the following topics will be covered:

  • – Introduction to the analysis capabilities of Abaqus.
  • – Building and editing an Abaqus analysis file (*.inp file).
  • – Element Selection.
  • – Modeling Contact and Resolving Convergence Issues.
  • – Modeling Rubber and Viscoelasticity.
  • – When and how to use Abaqus Explicit solver.
  • – Modeling Fracture and Failure.
  • – How to use Abaqus viewer to post-process analysis results.

Dr. Idkaidek

Dr. Idkaidek is currently holding an engineering project team leading position at the Innovative Technology and Development Division, Caterpillar Inc., USA. In addition, he is actively working as a researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA.

Dr. Idkaidek has a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (one of the top 10 engineering universities in the USA), a master’s degree in Structural Engineering, and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.

Dr. Idkaidek has rich engineering experience, where he has over 14 years of practical engineering experience leading a team of engineers performing linear, nonlinear, static, and dynamic numerical simulations mainly using the finite element method. Besides, he has extended academic research experience in bioengineering area, where he published five journal papers in the past few years in this topic.

Within this virtual platform, students are in continuous contact with professor in a tailored way, solving questions together, and widening knowledge and acquiring new skills. Students can also interact with other students and professors through webinars and forums.

Plenty of content can be found in the Campus: eLearning material, videos, technical articles, manuals, complementary documentation, real examples and exercises.

This course is intended, but not limited to:

  • – Senior undergraduate Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Aerospace and Industrial engineering students.
  • – Graduate Civil, Structural, Mechanical, Aerospace and Industrial engineering students.

Knowledge about the finite element analysis method is needed. However, a brief review of the finite element method will be provided at the early stage of this course.

The student needs to have an Abaqus software license to be able to run simulation and view results.

As evidence of knowledge gained throughout the course, a certificate will be issued from the Virtual platform. This certificate is based on the modern technology Blockchain, which increases security, prevents fraud, builds trust and ensures you’re ready for the future.

If you are interested in joining the advanced structural finite element simulation world to be able to evaluate the structural integrity for complicated geometries (like bridges, high-rise buildings, cars, airplanes …etc.) Then this course is for you. The market is currently in high demand for highly skilled engineers that know how to use Abaqus FEA software professionally. Leading companies are willing to pay high/competitive salaries for such skilled engineers.


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