Title: Non-linear Analysis with CivilFEM Powered by Marc – online course. Director: Professor Juan José Benito Muñoz.Non linear analysis using contacts

Department: Construction & Manufacturing Engineering (UNED University).

Software: CivilFEM Powered by Marc (free license is included).




An academic degree is required although students in the last year of their course may be admitted with documentary evidence.


A technical background in linear static structural analysis with CivilFEM Powered by Marc software is required, which may have been satisfied through:


  • Completion of the Introduction to FEM with CivilFEM Powered by Marc, also available in ICAEEC
  • Completion of the Expert Module of the Construction branch of the International Master’s in Theoretical and Practical Application of Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation of UNED – Ingeciber



  1. GOALS


This program provides students with professional training in non-linear analysis with the Finite Element Method, focusing on civil engineering.

The objective of this module is to provide the adequate theoretical and practical background to analyze non-linear problems through numerical simulations based on the finite element method with CivilFEM Powered by Marc.

 With this objective in mind, the course is fully structured into applied and practical course subjects that include the use of professional software currently used on the market, such as CivilFEM Powered by Marc.

Ingeciber and UNED, the partners to this course, are determined to invest in the internationalization of students and collaborators and want to offer participants the maximum

number of options, such as this course, with the objective of sharing experiences in the world

of CAE at a global level.




The course is divided into two subjects:


  1. Non-linear Analysis with CivilFEM Powered by Marc
  2. Practical Application Exercises with CivilFEM powered by Marc


The contents of each subject are detailed below.


-     NON-LINEAR ANALYSIS WITH CivilFEM Powered by Marc


The subject consists of the following chapters:


  1. Review of Fundamentals.
  2. Numerical Analysis.
  3. Geometric non-linearity.
  4. Material non-linearity.
  5. Contacts.
  6. Activation/deactivation.
  7. Convergence problems.




The objective of this subject is to complete the concepts explained previously in the first subject through a number of exercises that must be completed using CivilFEM powered by Marc.


The exercises represent a review of the concepts introduced in the subjects taken till now, as well as the orderly use of the CivilFEM powered by Marc.


These exercises will be delivered to the tutor in order to get feed back and recommendations.


The exercises will be similar to the following ones:


  • Large Deflection in Box Section Arch. 
  • Truss Plastic Analysis.
  • Two Beams in Contact.
  • Hertz Contact.
  • Steel Building Construction Process.
  • Linear and Nonlinear Buckling of Arch.
  • Truss-spring system.
  • Buckling of a steel cylinder.
  • Construction process of a bridge.
  • Retaining wall.




35 hours of study.  The course lasts from 1 to 6 weeks with full flexibility since no specific delivery date is indicated.




Distance learning methodology, including pre-prepared study materials and bibliography, tutorials, audiovisual resources and practical application exercises.




Attendees will receive the teaching guide and the corresponding materials for each module, which will basically consist of the subject texts.

Furthermore, in order to complete the practical exercises and training, the educational version of CivilFEM powered by Marc will be provided by the course.

The course uses a virtual classroom as a training facility where study tools can be found and also as the main communication channel with the attendees.

Other tools will also be used, including audiovisual resources as well as other supplementary documentation.

The teaching materials for this subject consists of:


  • The Nonlinear analysis with CivilFEM powered by Marc training material and related workbook exercises.
  • Additional training material for the course developed by ICAEEC.
  • Software: CivilFEM powered by Marc.


Students will have access to a permanent educational software license of CivilFEM Powered by Marc. All the software included is 3D based and has all the elements needed to complete the various types of analysis throughout the course.




The teaching staff will respond to attendee inquiries via telephone, email, or in person. Phone tutorship’s will be available within the following hours:

Monday to Friday during office hours and always subject to tutor’s availability.




Attendee evaluation will be performed through the practical application exercises




Certification will consist of a diploma from ICAEEC & Ingeciber indicating successful completion of the subject by the attendee as well as the grade obtained in the practical application exercises.




Professor J. J. Benito (Director). Construction and Engineering Manufacturing Department (UNED).

Mr. Ronald Siat (Coordinator & Tutor). UNED Collaborator, Ingeciber, S.A.

Mrs. Mª Cruz Argüeso (tutor). Ingeciber, S.A

Mr. Luis Valdivia (tutor), Ingeciber, S.A.


  1. FEES


Tuition fees are 450 euros


Current students and fomer students of the UNED International Master’s in Theoretical and Practical Application of Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation will be eligible for a 33% discount.


Universities with CivilFEM Powered by Marc licenses will have a 50% discount.




Students who have completed this course can validate the application and practice subjects of the International Master’s in Theoretical and Practical Application of Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation for Non-linear Module Construction Branch using CivilFEM Powered by Marc software.


 Download the course guide in a pdf file


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