1. Program overview


Title: Non-linear analysis with ANSYS Mechanical – online course. Director: Professor Juan José Benito Muñoz.

Department: Construction & Manufacturing Engineering (UNED University).

Software: ANSYS MAPDL (free license is included).


  1. Eligibility & requirements


A degree is required, although university students in the last year of their course may be admitted with proof of their academic status.

 Basic knowledge of linear static structural analysis with ANSYS Mechanical is required, which may have been acquired through:


  • Completion of  the  Introductory  course  to  FEM  with  ANSYS  Mechanical,  also available in ICAEEC
  • Completion of the Expert module of the Mechanical branch of the International Master’s in Theoretical & Practical Application of the Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation of UNED-Ingeciber.


  1. Presentation and objectives


The objective of this course is to introduce attendees to non-linear analysis using Finite Elements, allowing them to obtain the necessary skills to be able to use this method professionally.

 This course originated as a collaboration project between UNED and Ingeciber, S.A., a company specializing in Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE).


  1. Content


The course consists of two subjects:

  1. Non-linear analysis with ANSYS Mechanical.
  2. Practical Application Exercises with ANSYS Mechanical.


The documentation for both subjects is in English. The content of each subject is detailed below.


-      1st Subject: Non-linear analysis with ANSYS Mechanical


The ANSYS Mechanical training notes are structured into the following chapters:


  • Lecture 0: Local Introduction
  • Lecture 1: Overview and Procedure
  • Lecture 2: Restarts and Nonlinear Controls
  • Lecture 3: Introduction to Contact
  • Lecture 4: Rate Independent Plasticity
  • Lecture 5: Buckling Analysis and Linear Perturbation
  • Lecture 6: Non-linear Diagnostics
  • Lecture 7: Mesh Nonlinear Adaptivity


Various exercises are also proposed:


  • Workshop 1.1: Shell-Disk
  • Workshop 1.2: Large-Deflection
  • Workshop 2.1: Restart-Controls
  • Workshop 2.2: Line-Search
  • Workshop 3.1: Contact-Stiffness-Study
  • Workshop 3.2: Symmetric-vs-Asymmetric
  • Workshop 4.1: Metal-Plasticity
  • Workshop 5.1: Linear-Eigenvalue-Buckling
  • Workshop 5.2: Post-Nonlinear-Buckling
  • Workshop 5.3: Linear-Perturbation
  • Workshop 6.1: Contact-Diagnostics


-      2nd Subject: Practical Application Exercises with ANSYS Mechanical


This subject completes the previous one with practical application exercises of professional scope in order to study the software in depth.

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


These exercises are as follows:


  • Non-linear analysis of a flat square membrane structure.
  • Linear and non-linear buckling analysis of a thin walled cylindrical structure.
  • Material non linearity: A simply supported circular plate subjected to a cyclic load
  • Elastic-plastic nonlinear analysis of a sphere
  • Contact analysis


  1. Schedule


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


  1. Methodology


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


  1. Teaching materials


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

Furthermore, in order to complete the practical exercises and training, the educational version of ANSYS Mechanical 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 complementary documentation.

 The teaching material for this subject consists of:

  • Nonlinear analysis  with  ANSYS  Mechanical  training  material  and  related  workbook exercises.
  • Additional training material for the course developed by ICAEEC
  • Software: ANSYS SpaceClaim and ANSYS Mechanical


  1. Attendee services


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.


  1. Evaluation and grading criteria


Attendee evaluation will be performed through the practical application exercises.


  1. Certification


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 evaluation exercises.


  1. Teaching staff


Professor  Juan  José  Benito  Muñoz  (Director).  Construction  &  Manufacturing  Engineering Department (UNED).


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

Mr. Ambrosio Baños (Tutor).



  1. Fees


Tuition fees are €450.


Current and former attendees of the UNED Master’s in Theoretical and Practical Application of the Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation are eligible for a 33% discount.


  1. Validation

Attendees who pass this course can request validation of the application and practical course subjects of the mechanical branch of the Non-linear Analysis specialized module using ANSYS Mechanical  from  the  academic  board  of  UNED  Master’s  in  Theoretical  and  Practical Application of the Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation.


Download the course guide in a pdf file


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