Finite Element Principles in Non-Linear Static Analysis



This course is in the Certification in Practice of Finite Element Principles series. Students must complete three courses to earn the Certification in Practice of Finite Element Principles.

If you choose to take this course on its own it is expected you have foundational knowledge in finite element principles (e.g. linear static assumptions and element stiffness matrix, assembling a global stiffness matrix, nodal DOFs, boundary conditions, governing equations, potential energy approach, shape functions, derivation of [K], isoparametric mapping, and Jacobian). Registration priority is given to students working toward the full certificate.

Each course offering is tied to the academic calendar; therefore, they operate with specific start and end dates. Students must complete each course during the specific time frame. Access to the online course and materials is removed when the course ends.

Course Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students should successfully be able to:

  • Recognize geometric nonlinearities for Finite Element Analysis.
  • Describe stability and buckling analysis.
  • Define material nonlinearity.
  • Apply the Lagrange multiplier contact method.
  • Apply the penalty method for contact analysis.

Expected Time Commitment to Complete this Course

  • Instructional material equivalent to a one semester credit hour class
  • Approximately 2 hours "in-class" work and 4-6-hours of "homework" for a total weekly time commitment of 6-8 hours. Please note, every learner is different so this is only a guideline. Some learners may need to budget more time to complete the requirements of this course.
  • Pre-recorded course lectures are available 24/7 through the university's Learning Management System, Carmen. 
  • ​Course duration: 10 weeks. 

Finite Element Software

To complete the requirements of this course students will be required to complete a project using finite element software. Before enrolling in these courses students should be able to:

  • Build a mesh from CAD geometry
  • Apply material definitions to model
  • Apply loads and boundary conditions
  • Visualize results


  • A bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field is strongly recommended.
  • Software training and support is not provided.
  • Enrollees should also have a background in the following areas:

Computational Skills

  • Using computational approaches will reinforce skills required for computational engineering in a broader sense.
  • Homework problems should be solved using MATLAB, Python, or other computational tools. Octave is similar to MATLAB and is freeware.
  • Student will be asked to solve problems by generating basic scripts for homework assignments
  • Minimal previous experience will be needed

Engineering Concepts

  • Basic concepts of stress, strain, Hooke’s Law
  • Material properties such as Young’s Modulus and Poisson’s Ratio
  • Free body diagrams
  • Beam equations

Linear Algebra

  • Matrix Multiplication
  • Matrix Transpose
  • Identity Matrix


  • Differentiation
  • Integration

Cancellations & Refunds

A full refund minus a $50 administrative fee will be made if cancellation is received one week prior to the start of the course. No refunds within one week of the course start date.




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Course Fee

The course fee is $1,000 Per Person


Course fee assistance available through State of Ohio TechCred

Tech Cred 3

TechCred, a program that assists Ohio employers in training their workforce, provides companies with reimbursement of up to $2000 for enrolling their employees in approved science, technology, engineering, and math training courses. SIMCenter’s Foundations in Finite Element Principles course was added to the list of preapproved courses. Learn more here