New courses in January about FEA in Palaeontology


A second edition course about “Introduction to biomechanics and Finite element Analysis” will be taught by Dr. Richard Fariña (Universidad de La República, Uruguay) and Dr. Jordi Marcé-Nogué  (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Catalonia) in January 2013. The course is organized by Transmitting Science and Institut Català de Paleontologia.

The course intends to foster in the attendants the ability to use the interdisciplinary approach of biomechanics, especially (but not only) through examples in palaeontology. Simple models based on the basic principles of classical physics will be used to infer the life history of extinct vertebrates. On the other hand, there will be an introduction to the Finite Element Analysis to be applied in palaeontology and other biological areas in order to modelling biological structures and understand how they worked. It will cover all the steps involved in FEA starting from a Medical Image Reconstruction of the model, how to define the material properties of bone, the use of a consistent Mesh Generation Method and finally, how understand the results obtained in a computational simulation.

See more information in: http://www.transmittingscience.org/biomechanics_and_fea.htm

A new course about “Finite element Analysis Advanced” will be taught by Dr. Josep Fortuny(Institut Català de Paleontologia.) and Dr. Jordi Marcé-Nogué  (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Catalonia) in January 2013. The course is organized by Transmitting Science and Institut Català de Paleontologia.

The first part of this course will be focused in medical image reconstruction of the model, starting from the images from a CT scan to finally obtain a suitable CAD model to be solved in a FEA package. The second part of the course will consist of a biological example where the theoretical contents of the Introduction to Biomechanics and Finite Element Analysis course will be applied. Key questions as mesh size, boundary conditions, applied forces, scaling and numerical singularities will be thoroughly addressed. The last day attendees will have opportunity for trying to analyze by themselves their own data or other examples with the help of both instructors

See more information in: http://www.transmittingscience.org/fea_advanced.htm

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