Nonlinear and P-Delta FE Analysis


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The Nonlinear and P-Delta FE Analysis course is designed to help demystify higher-order Finite Element Analyses and to help build the attendees’ confidence in assessing a structure’s performance such as maximum load capacity and key deformations. Attendees will learn how to accurately predict buckling loads, differentiate between local and global buckling, and how to model and analyze more accurate models that include advanced structural elements such as cables, fabric, hooks, gaps, link beams, tension/compression-only members, nonlinear springs, plasticity, hysteretic behavior, etc. A large part of the course is dedicated to comparing results from different analysis types, discussing the reasons behind the differences, drawing conclusions and making recommendations.

Dates and Hours

Class Dates : Lectures delivered on November 18, 20, and 22, 2019 (10 hours total)

Class Times : 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM  Pacific Time

About Nonlinear and P-Delta Analysis (F203)

Who Should Attend?


Civil or Structural Engineers who want to increase their understanding of P-Delta effects, nonlinear analysis and how it enables performance-based design


A strong foundation in nonlinear concepts

A clear understanding of modeling and solution best practices for the various types of P-Delta and Nonlinear analysis available in S-FRAME

The ability to run and interpret results with confidence

Certificate of mastery will be provided to attendees that achieve a final score above 75% and Educational Units will go towards an S-FRAME certification

Eligible for PDH (Professional Development Credits) for attendance

Who Should Attend

Any structural engineer responsible for the modeling, analysis, and design of walls, floors, panels, transfer plates, tunnels, mat foundations, cylindrical and spherical tanks, any other complex structures such as domes, tension structures, etc.

Course Content

Introduction to 2D objects, Finite Elements and Meshing

Benefits of performing P-Delta or Nonlinear type of analyses

P-Delta Static analysis

Nonlinear Static analysis

Quasi-static Nonlinear analysis

P-Delta Buckling analysis

P-Delta Buckling analysis

Nonlinear Buckling analysis

P-Delta Vibration analysis

Nonlinear Vibration analysis

Nonlinear Time History analysis

P-Delta Response Spectrum Analysis

Numerous example problems will be discussed


Training is delivered in three live 3-hour lectures delivered over a period of 5 days

Class includes graded Assignments and Final exam (you will receive a score report for your records)


A strong desire to learn and some prior experience with using FEA or frame analysis software programs.

It is not essential for students to have specific experience with S-FRAME Analysis, P-Delta or Nonlinear analysis. Due to the comprehensive nature of this course, however, an increased focus is placed on assignments and the exam for which students should expect to invest a substantial amount of time.

System Requirements

PC-based : Windows® 10, 8, or 7

Min 2 GB RAM, Recommended 4 GB or more

Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card - Must support hardware vertex processing

S-FRAME Analysis Enterprise (temporary academic licenses available, if needed)


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