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ASME NAS Workshop
Introduction to Finite Element Analysis

About This Workshop
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a numerical method that offers a means to find approximate solutions to complex engineering problems. The process subdivides a large system into smaller, simpler parts that are called finite elements and for which analytical equations can be applied. These simple equations are then assembled into a larger system of equations that models the entire problem and solved using mathematical methods. FEA has wide application and is commonly utilized in the fields of stress analysis, heat transfer, and computational fluid dynamics by engineering professionals to solve problems for which there is not an adequate analytical solution. It is also used to optimize engineering designs to reduce waste and costs. However, it is a tool that, if used incorrectly, can lead to catastrophic consequences so that proper training and experience is of the utmost importance. This focus of this workshop is the application of FEA in the field of stress analysis and will provide an overview of the general theory behind FEA, modeling techniques, and the analysis process. Case studies and potential pitfalls which may be encountered when applying FEA will be discussed. Also included is a section devoted to the use of FEA in the design of pressure vessels in accordance with the ASME codes.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop is intended for those who are involved with the design and/or analysis of mechanical equipment where stress analysis methods such as FEA are utilized. This includes engineers working in equipment design, asset integrity, equipment maintenance, and failure analysis. It may also be of interest to students and others who are interested to learn more about FEA.

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ASME Northern Alberta Section

ASME Pressure Vessels and Piping Division

Date and Time: November 22, 2019. 7:30AM - 4:45PM (see program below)

Location: University of Alberta, Donadeo Innovation Centre for Engineering, 8th floor Room 207
(Donadeo ICE Building 8-207)
9211-116 Street NW., Edmonton, AB T6G 1H9
(See Map)


7:30 am –
8:00 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 am –
8:10 am

Welcome & Introduction

8:10 am –
8:50 am

Introduction to Finite Element Analysis Theory

  • Overview of FEA
  • Definitions
  • Development of Linear Equations

Speaker: Les Sudak

8:50 am –
9:00 am


SECTION 1 cont’d
9:00 am –
9:50 am

Introduction to Finite Element Analysis Theory

  • Analysis Types
  • Overview of Solution Methods for Solving Finite Element Matrix
  • Solver Types

Speaker: Les Sudak

9:50 am –
10:00 am


10:00 am –
10:50 am

Building the Model (Pre-Processing)

  • Geometry Development
  • Mesh Generation
  • Element Types, Properties, and Mesh Refinement
  • Applying Constraints
  • Applying Loads and Restraints

Speaker: Daniel McArthur

10:50 am –
11:00 am


11:00 am –
11:50 am

Understanding the Results (Post-Processing)

  • Model Validation
  • Verifying Model Results
  • Error Checking
  • Load/Reaction Balance Check
  • Obtaining and Interpreting Results

Speaker: Garret Meijer

12:00 –
1:00 pm


1:00 pm –
1:50 pm

Application of FEA for Pressure Vessels

  • Design by Analysis as per ASME Section VIII Division 2
  • Stress Classification
  • Stress Linearization
  • ABSA and CSA B51 Requirements

Speaker: Daniel McArthur

1:50 pm –
2:00 pm


2:00 pm –
2:50 pm

Case Studies

Pressure Fittings (Including Engineered Pressure Enclosures)

Speaker: Kael Schryver

2:50 pm –
3:00 pm


SECTION 5 cont’d
3:00 pm –
4:20 pm

Case Studies

High Capacity Hoisting Equipment for Drilling Rigs

Presenters: Matthew Allen and Hossein Sadeghi

4:20 pm –
4:45 pm

Q & A Period

All Presenters


Les Sudak
Les Sudak, Ph.D., is a professor at the University of Calgary’s Schulich School of Engineering. His research is centered around the mechanical and mathematical aspects of elastic solids, specifically, the modeling and analysis of interphase layer damage (due to debonding, sliding and cracking) in composite materials and the prediction of stress fields. Les holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics, B.Sc. in Mining Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Daniel McArthur
Daniel McArthur, Ph.D., is a mechanical engineer with Becht Engineering. He has several years of experience focusing on engineering analysis including performing Design-By-Analysis to ASME Section VIII, Division 2 and 3, and Level 3 Fitness-for-Service to API 579-1/ASME FFS-1. He has a strong background in continuum mechanics, finite element theory, and is knowledgeable in the use of both Abaqus and ANSYS finite element software. Daniel holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Calgary. In addition, he is certified by Dassault Systems, makers of Abaqus, as a structural finite element analyst.

Garret Meijer
Garret Meijer, Ph.D., is a Lead Engineer at Noetic Engineering. He has an extensive background in the development and application of non-linear and time-dependent constitutive models for finite element analysis of material systems. His recent efforts have focused on the post-yield mechanical behavior of Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) materials in extreme service applications, and on optimization of steam injection using computer and experimental modeling. Garret has developed advanced non-linear elastic-plastic and visco-elastic constitutive material models and testing tubes under combined axial/differential pressure loads. Garret is also familiar with API/AISC/CISC/ASM/CSA/OHS codes for the design of lifting and rig equipment. Garret Meijer holds a B.Sc., M.Sc., and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Kael Schryver
Kael Schryver is an employee of EngRx Corp. who provide consulting engineering services for industrial applications such as online leak sealing, pressure vessel design and the design of hot tap fittings. Kael has been working for EngRx Corp. for approximately four years where he has developed a strong foundation in the application of Finite Element Analysis. Kael holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Matthew Allen
Matthew Allen has extensive experience in mechanical design and product development involving the use of finite element analysis. He has worked in various roles within the Volant group of companies for over 14 years, including design, testing, support, certification and failure investigation. Matthew has been actively involved in API workgroups related to hoisting equipment. Currently, he supports product engineering and development functions at Volant with a focus on mechanical design. Matthew holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta.

Hossein Sadeghi
Hossein Sadeghi is a Senior Project Engineer at Volant Products Inc. Hossein has more than 18 years of experience in mechanical design, Finite Element Analysis, product development, manufacturing processes, and products verification and validation. His recent focus has been in the Oil and Gas Industry and includes, drilling, artificial lift and well completions. Hossein holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Tehran Polytechnic and an M.Eng. degree from the University of Alberta.

Windsor Car Park (See Map)

   * Please note that the cost of parking is not included in the registration fee this year.

Pricing & Registration:

Please note we will be testing out video recording equipment during this event. While we will only record the front of the hall, your images may be accidentally recorded. Although any recordings we make will be deleted within 1 month, should you have any concerns, please let us know and we will provide a full refund.

   * ASME Member price is extended to members of other technical societies, i.e., ASM, AWS, CSME, SME, NACE, SPE, CWS, etc.

Members: $150

Non-Members: $250

Student Member: $50

Student Non-Member: $75

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