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LUSAS for Structural and Bridge Applications
(Live Online Introductory Course)

Course Summary

Featuring four live online training sessions, this training course is for engineers with little or no prior knowledge of LUSAS or for those wanting to refresh their knowledge of carrying out linear static and linear buckling analysis for structural and bridge applications.

The course covers getting started with LUSAS and proceeds to cover in detail the modelling and analysis options available for creating beam models, modelling flat slabs, composite construction, 3D modelling, and in correctly applying the various types of bridge and structural loading available with reference to Eurocodes and metric units.

The sessions provide answers and practical engineering guidance to the following:

  • Modelling: Why has a certain modelling approach been adopted? What assumptions are made? What limitations are there?
  • Feature geometry: Why features are defined in a certain way.
  • Mesh: What elements are used and why?. Limitations, alternatives, connectivity issues, orientations, end releases.
  • Geometric attributes: How they have been calculated and why. Use of eccentricities.
  • Material attributes: Pre-defined and user-defined options.
  • Support attributes: Fixed supports, spring supports and lift-off supports.
  • Loading attributes: Gravity, concentarted loads, distributed loads and patch loads..
  • Checking: Steps to take, loadcase, reactions, deformeSession 1d shape, magnitude of deformations, warnings, mesh refinement.
  • Example results: How were they obtained?
  • Conclusions: Any refinements or adjustments which might be made.

Online training information

Sessions presented using Session length After session self-study required Training certificates
GoToWebinar 90 to 120 minutes 45 to 60 minutes Issued on successful completion 
  • Training sessions are provided using the GoToWebinar web conferencing facility. You can join each training session up to 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. They will start promptly.

  • Training sessions are a mix of PowerPoint presentation and live demonstration of LUSAS.

  • Delegates do not undertake any hands-on examples during each session, but examples that cover the concepts introduced are provided for download and use by delegates after each session. These examples will take between 45 and 60 minutes of self-study to complete. Support is available from the lecturer to assist with these examples.

  • Printed notes are provided to accompany the sessions and examples.

  • Delegates are able to ask the lecturer questions during the training session via the chat tool or afterwards via email.

  • Training certificates are provided to those who successfully complete the series of worked examples and pass the quiz set after each session.

  • Registration for and attendance at Session 1 is a requirement to attend all subsequent sessions.

On successful completion of the course, and with subsequent experience, delegates should be able to successfully tackle most types of linear static structural analyses that are encountered in mainstream structural and bridge engineering.


Who should attend ?

New, or less experienced users of LUSAS.


Course dates

Course Name Session Date Time Cost* Booking
LUSAS for 
Structural and Bridge 
Applications
(Live Online
 Introductory Course)
1 - Getting started with LUSAS 15 April 2021 14:00 BST £75

85

US$95

2 - Understand more about LUSAS 22 April 2021 14:00 BST
3 - Creating mixed element models 29 April 2021  14:00 BST
4 - Creating 3D shell models and considering buckling 6 May  2021 14:00 BST

* Special introductory offer.


Course Content


Session 1 - Getting started with LUSAS

System Overview and basic model building skills and results processing. 

  • A simple beam example is used to demonstrate the interface.

  • Presentation example: Concrete arch bridge structure.

  • Homework example to be completed by delegates and online quiz to complete the session.


Session 2 – Understand more about LUSAS

Having gained basic knowledge of the system this session will provide details on more additional system tools to allow quicker and more efficient model building and post processing.

  • Concepts of mesh refinement considered as part of the worked example. 

  • A simple slab example is used to explore the available functionality.

  • Presentation example: Skewed flat slab with Assessfully underatsbstatic / moving vehicle loading.

  • Homework example to be completed by delegates and online quiz to complete the session.


15 April Session 3 – Creating mixed element models

The focus of this session is understanding the different element types and how they are used, including mixed element models. Mesh refinement, suitable bridge modelling idealisation, influence analysis and the use of the vehicle load optimisation facility to generate load patterns in LUSAS is covered.

  • Learn more about finite elements and how to create mixed element models.

  • Additional post processing to understand how to get composite moments from combined sections.

  • A composite bridge deck is used to illustrate the relevant facilities.

  • Presentation example: Pseudo 3D model of composite bridge deck.

  • Homework example to be completed by delegates and online quiz to complete the session.


Session 4 – Creating 3D shell models and considering linear buckling

Learn how to efficiently create 3D shell models for linear analysis. 

  • Progress from linear static analysis to consider linear buckling.

  • Full 3D shell model is used to consolidate knowledge of the interface and show the eigenvalue functions.

  • Presentation example:  Simple plate girder with linear buckling.

  • Homework example to be completed by delegates and online quiz to complete the session.

To Book


Some delegate feedback from LUSAS scheduled training courses:

  • “This class was excellent and one of the best training courses that I have taken." (Tim E.)

  • “Very good demonstrations/teachers with a good variety of hands on examples.” (Douglas R.)

  • "The instructor was phenomenal! Engaged, energetic, helpful and friendly! Could not have asked for a better one." (Joe K.)

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