28 & 29 June, 2015 – Munich, Germany
with applications to solid and structural mechanics

Professor J. N. Reddy
College Station,
Texas USA

Course Brochure (PDF)

Persons who have attended the course and followed the material should benefit in strengthening their background in the following areas:

An understanding of the formulative steps involved in nonlinear finite element model development of the equations of solid mechanics.

Generation of finite element data (e.g., selection of elements and mesh, computation of nodal forces, imposition of boundary conditions, etc.) and proper imposition of boundary conditions, exploitation of problem symmetries, and interpretation and evaluation of the results. 

The ability to write a finite element computer module for a physical problem (e.g., user-specified subroutine for a commercial program).

The ability to read and evaluate technical proposals/reports/papers on the finite element analysis of structural problems in engineering.

The knowledge to teach the finite element analysis procedures to others. 

(actual coverage and sequence may differ depending on the participants background)

Background: Introduction to Numerical Methods
Overview – basic ingredients of the FEM
Comparison with alternative numerical methods

Basic Concepts of FEM – One-Dimensional Problems: 
Strong and weak forms (variational and virtual work statements)
Primary and secondary variables of the formulation
Essential vs. natural boundary conditions
Methods of approximations (weak-form Galerkin method)
Finite element approximation functions (linear, quadratic, and cubic elements)
Assembly of element equations
Illustrative examples and discussion of results in light of physical response

Introduction to Non-Linear Problems
Geometric and material non-linearity
Nonlinear formulation of a 2-D Model problem
Solution algorithms for the solution of non-linear algebraic equations
Derivation of tangent stiffness coefficients
Convergence criteria

Nonlinear Bending of Beams
Euler-Bernoulli beam theory
Nonlinear finite element formulation of Euler-Bernoulli beam theory
Tangent stiffness calculations
Membrane locking
Timsohenko beam theory and its finite element model
Shear locking
Numerical examples

Nonlinear Bending of Plates
Nonlinear finite element formulation of the first-order shear deformation (Mindlin) plate theory
Tangent matrix coefficients
Shear and membrane locking
Numerical examples

Continuum Formulations
Continuum equations
Measures of stress and strain
Total and Updated Lagrangian descriptions
Degenerated thick shell element

Professor Reddy:
Dr. JN Reddy is a Distinguished Professor and inaugural holder of the Oscar S. Wyatt Endowed Chair in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. He is the author of numerous journal papers and text books on theoretical formulations and finite-element analysis of problems in solid and structural mechanics (plates and shells), composite materials, computational fluid dynamics, numerical heat transfer, and applied mathematics. Dr. Reddy’s research centers on theoretical formulations and numerical simulations of problems in solid and structural mechanics, composite materials, computational fluid dynamics, numerical heat transfer, geology and geophysics, and computational biology. Dr. Reddy’s research provides the cutting edge advances that enable others to adapt his accomplishments into sophisticated computer software used by design engineers world-wide. His novel theories and finite element models have been implemented into commercial finite element commercial softwares like ABAQUS, NISA and HyperForm. Such an eminent record of research has earned Dr. Reddy numerous national and international awards, including the 1998 Nathan M. Newmark Medal from the American Society of Civil Engineers; Award for Excellence in the Field of Composites and Distinguished Research Award from the American Society for Composites; and the 2003 Computational Solid Mechanics award from US Association for Computational Mechanics. He also won the AFS Award for Distinguished Achievement in Research, the Texas A&M Bush Excellence Award for Faculty in International Research, and Distinguished Research Award of the Sigma Xi. Dr. Reddy is one of the few researchers in engineering around the world (only one at TAMU) who is recognized by ISI Highly Cited Researchers with over 10,000 citations and H-index of over 50.

Registration form here (doc.)
Regular registration: 880, € (*)
DSL / ACEX Participants: 480, € (*)

(*) until 15 March, 2015

After 15 March, 2015: 
980, € (Regular registration)
480, € ( DSL/ACEX Participants)

Registration includes: 
- 2 Full Days Course, 
- Printed Course Materials, in Book Format
- Course Certificate, 
- 2 Refreshments Daily, 
- Lunch at Hotel Venue (Daily / 2 Days)

For more information, contact:
Dr. Meire Gomes



Abstract Submission is OPEN!
Deadline for Abstract Submission:
16th FEBRUARY, 2015

(note that it is not compulsory to submit an Abstract to attend the Conference)

Notification of acceptance:
until 20th FEBRUARY, 2015

Early Bird Registration: until 15th MARCH, 2015

Reduced Registration Fee
Until 20th December, 2014

Deadline for Full Paper
Until 15th July, 2015

(Not compulsory to submit a Full
Paper / Manuscript)

28 & 29 June, 2015

22-26 June, 2015