MAR120 - Basic Nonlinear Analysis using Marc and Patran

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MAR120 covers the use of Marc and Patran or AFEA (the interlocked combination of Patran and Marc) for the solution of complex engineering problems. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to: create finite element models representing nonlinear physical phenomena; select appropriate element types and mesh densities; understand the limitations of solving nonlinear FEA problems; select solution types for various nonlinear phenomena such as nonlinear dynamics, metal forming, elastomers, and contact problems; select error tolerance parameters and properly use automatic time-stepping techniques; and understand the basis of large deformation, rotation, and strain finite element analysis. Patran provides a Marc Preference which directly supports most Marc features and indirectly supports all Marc features. MSC customers that have been using Advanced FEA (which is replaced by AFEA) for meeting their analysis needs will find this new Marc Preference to be the ideal environment to continue their work. They are especially encouraged to attend this course. All the class practice (16 exercises) is made using Patran and Marc rather than Marc and Mentat. Engineers who have attended the MAR101 and MAR102 will also benefit from attending this class if they intend to use the Patran Marc Preference.
Length: 
4 Days
Pre-requisites : 
A basic knowledge of statics and strength of materials is highly recommended and previous finite element analysis experience is recommended
Topics: 
  • One-day Patran overview
  • Element formulation: selection and usage inside Patran and Marc
  • Multistepping: how to setup and run prescribed loading history analysis
  • Contact: in depth coverage of setup and solution of various contact types including rigid and elastic body contact, small and finite sliding, and 1, 2, and 3 dimensional contact modes
  • Fundamentals of non-linear analysis, problem formulation and convergence
  • Introduction into material modeling capabilitites including: elastic, plastic, hyperelastic, creep, and composite material models
  • Introduction to linear and non-linear direct dynamics and modal dynamic analysis methods
  • Basic introduction to steady state and transient heat transfer analysis