1. Program overview


Title: Bridges and Civil Non-linearities with CivilFEM for ANSYS – online course. Director: Professor Juan José Benito Muñoz.

Department: Construction & Manufacturing Engineering (UNED University).

Software: CivilFEM for ANSYS MAPDL (free licenses are included).


  1. Eligibility and requirements


A degree is required, although university students in the last part of their course may be admitted with proof of their academic status. Some prior experience with the software is recommended or else previous enrollment in the CivilFEM for ANSYS Introductory Course.


  1. Goals


The bridges and civil non-linearities course provides a complete solution, enabling bridge designers to solve complex problems with tools that represent the latest advances in technology. It enables to intuitively generate, mesh, load and analyze complex bridges by using powerful wizards. Furthermore, its complete integration with CivilFEM for ANSYS ensures that any kind of static, dynamic, linear and non-linear analysis can be easily performed.

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


  1. Contents


The Bridges and Civil Non-linearities course includes capabilities that have been developed with the aim to facilitate and improve the analysis and design of bridges with CivilFEM.


The basic idea consists in generating, from the cross section and main axis definition in plan and elevation views, the structure that is the target of study.


Based on this target, the course features the following utilities:


  • Utilities to generate common bridge cross sections.
  • Utilities to generate de model in plan and elevation v The mileage points, which make up an imaginary line for the road’s central axis, are also defined. The program generates the complete model from the cross sections and layout definition.
  • Automatic generation  of  the  finite  element  mod  The  latter  can  be chosen between generating the solid finite element model or a shell element model or a beam element model.
  • Moving loads  generato  Once  the  load  path  is  defined,  loads  are calculated automatically by the program, taking into account the vehicle type (rigid or flexible vehicle).
  • Overloads generator.
  • Utility for  introducing  pre-stressed  force  Pre-stressed  loads  may  be introduced  as  concentrated  loads  on  the  element’s  nodes.  The  pre- stressed tension force is introduced at specific points along the tendon path and the program calculates an equivalent system of forces at each element’s node crossed by the tendon.
  • Capabilities to  combine  the  load  steps  generated  during  the  model analysis (traffic loads, overloads, pre-stressed forces, wind loads, etc.).


The content of each subject is detailed below.


-      BRIDGES

  1. Introduction.
  2. Bridge Applications.
  3. Bridge Element Types.
  4. Bridge Process Flow.
  5. Bridge Section Definition.
  6. Bridge Layout Definition.
  7. Bridge Model Definition.
  8. Bridge Wizards.
  9. Bridge Loads.



  1. Creep.
  2. Shrinkage.
  3. Evolutive Analysis.
  4. Construction Stage.




The exercises represent a review of the concepts introduced in the subjects taken until now, as well as the orderly use of the CivilFEM for ANSYS.

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


  1. Bridge Sections.
  2. Slab Bridge.
  3. Box Bridge.
  4. Vehicle Actions.
  5. 2D/3D Bridge Model.
  6. Construction Process.
  7. Creep & Shrinkage.
  8. Evolutive Structures.


  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 consist of the subject texts.

Furthermore, in order to complete the practical exercises and training, the educational version of CivilFEM for ANSYS 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.


  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 application exercises.


  1. Teaching staff


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

Mr. Ronald Siat (Coordinator and tutor). UNED Collaborator, Ingeciber, S.A.

Mr. Román Martín (tutor). Ingeciber, S.A.


  1. Fees


Tuition fees are €360


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


Download the course guide in a pdf file


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