Structural Mechanics Problems in COMSOL Multiphysics

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November 29-30, 2018

March 12-13, 2019

June 18-19, 2019

October 15-16, 2019


City: Columbus, OH


Organization: AltaSim Technologies

130 East Wilson Bridge Rd, Suite 120

Columbus, OH 43085



This two-day course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of performing analyses of solid mechanics problems using the structural analysis capabilities in COMSOL Multiphysics. It is expected that participants will have a working knowledge of COMSOL Multiphysics before attending. AltaSim’s instructors will draw on their experience as COMSOL Certified Consultants solving a wide range of problems on a daily basis to teach you the practical aspects of performing realistic solid mechanics analyses of real world problems. The course will cover the fundamentals of performing linear and nonlinear analyses using finite element analysis. The course will lead you through how the governing equations are applied in COMSOL to analyze structural mechanics problems that include features such as thermal stress, contact, dynamic effects, etc.  On completion you will be proficient in analyzing solid mechanics problems using COMSOL Multiphysics.


The fee for this two-day course is $1350 per person.

Day 1, 8:30am – 5:00pm

Attendees will receive an introduction to the fundamental governing equations for solid mechanics and how they are applied in COMSOL Multiphysics. The range of analysis types available for solid mechanics will be reviewed. Best practices for developing two and three dimensional problems will be demonstrated using practical examples.  At the end of Day 1 participants will have an understanding of the following items:

  • Theoretical basis for solid mechanics
  • Geometric linearity vs. nonlinearity
  • Plane stress/strain vs. three-dimensional modeling
  • Selection of relevant boundary conditions
  • Solution of static, linear elastic problems

Day 2, 8:30am – 5:00pm

The second day will extend the understanding developed on Day 1 by examining nonlinear problems such as material non-linearity, and contact.  In addition, the effects of thermal loading will be examined in detail. Dynamic effects in structural mechanics problems will include viscoelasticity/viscoplasticity, creep and vibration. Finally, recommended best practices for solid mechanics analyses will be addressed with respect to workflow, solver recommendations and discretization.  At the end of Day 2 participants will have an understanding of the following items:

  • Thermal stress
  • Temperature dependent material properties
  • Loading rate dependent material properties
  • Non-linear elasticity
  • Plasticity
  • Penalty method contact
  • Augmented Lagrangian contact
  • Wave propagation in frequency and time domain


Instruction will be performed by experienced engineers who use COMSOL Multiphysics on a daily basis to solve a wide range of complex solid mechanics problems. Among the instructors will be:

Josh Thomas:

JoshuaThomasWith over eight years of computational analysis experience, Josh has a graduate level training in computational mechanics modeling specializing in microstructural analysis. As a Research Engineer at AltaSim, he plays a vital role in developing solutions to a wide range of multiphysics problems using COMSOL. He has been integral to the development and teaching of both COMSOL Multiphysics and SpaceClaim courses at AltaSim.

Sergei Yushanov:

SergeiYushanovSergei has over thirty years experience in computational analysis and specializes in analysis of problems relating to electromagnetic, vibration, plasma and acoustic phenomena, structural, piezo-electric, and heat transfer. As a Senior Engineer at AltaSim he has been instrumental in the development and application of multiphysics analysis to problems in the Automotive, Aerospace, Medical Products, Consumer Products, and Energy markets.

Who should attend

This course is intended for people who wish to analyze solid mechanics problems using COMSOL Multiphysics. It is expected that attendees will have an existing knowledge of the structure of COMSOL Multiphysics and will possess a relevant engineering, physics, mathematics or science background. Previous knowledge of structural mechanics is not necessary. Attendees that have developed solutions in COMSOL Multiphysics for other physics and are looking to expand their capabilities to solid mechanics are encouraged to attend.


For registration and further information please e-mail or call Lynne Smith 614 861 7015 x10. Early registration is encouraged as the number of participants is limited.

Course Confirmation

Upon registration you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your reservation, directions to the course site and information on local accommodation.

Course Hours

Training will take place between 8.30am and 5.00pm, check-in is open from 8.15 am on the first day. Lunch and refreshments during the morning and afternoon sessions are provided.

Payment Methods

Payment should be provided in advance and can be made by Visa, MasterCard, PayPal, company purchase order or check. For security purposes we do not accept credit card information by e-mail, but we have an electronic payment system for your convenience.

Please mail payments/purchase orders to:

AltaSim Technologies
130 East Wilson Bridge Rd, Suite 140
Columbus, OH 43085

Please fax purchase orders to:

AltaSim Technologies
ATTN: Training
614 861 7534

Cancellation Policy

Please note that your seat in the course can not be confirmed until payment or a formal purchase order have been received. Instructor-led training tuition is fully refundable if we receive written notification (via mail or e-mail) of cancellation on or before seven business days prior to the class. Cancellations made less than seven business days prior to class will be charged 50 percent of the course tuition fee. If you fail to show up to class without written notice, you will be charged the full tuition. You may send a substitute in your place to avoid a fee.

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