Training...

TSD Engineering currently offers two training seminars, a workshop and a mentoring program to cover the subject of integrating simulation tools into the design process.

> Introduction to Simulation (2 options)

> Advanced Simulation Techniques

> Advanced Simulation Workshop

> Mentor Program

> Benefits

Contact Information:

Voice: 530-283-5931

E-mail: jim@TSDengineering.com

It is assumed that all instructor/consulting will be performed at the customer facility and the customer will provide a conference room or other similar location equipped with a white board and computer screen projector for this purpose. Also, the customer will make Pro/MECHANICA licenses available on their computer system for participants to use while working through the training examples. These classes as outlined also assume that each participant is familiar with Pro/ENGINEER and can construct simple parts and assemblies (custom classes for non-Pro/E users are available). It is also assumed that participants have a basic understanding of mechanics including topics such as stress, stiffness, natural frequency and heat transfer.

Prices listed are subject to change without notice and are based on the availability of the instructor.

Introduction to Simulations

Option 1 - Introduction to Simulation with Pro/MECHANICA Structure
$2400.00 plus $100.00 per participant plus instructor travel expenses.

(available in northern California only)

This price will include:

1 copy of the tutorial workbook, lecture notes and CD with training models for each participant plus four 4 hr sessions of on-site instructor training/consulting time for each class. The participants will be expected to spend 8 hrs between each session working through the training examples.

Option 2 - Introduction to Simulation with Pro/MECHANICA Structure
$5000.00 plus $100.00 per participant plus instructor travel expenses.

This price will include:

1 copy of the tutorial workbook, lecture notes and CD with training models for each participant plus 5-days (40 hrs) of on-site instructor training/consulting time for each class. Approximately 2-3 hrs per day will be used for lecture and demos while the participants working through the training examples will use the remaining time.

The Introduction to Simulation class utilizes a published click-by-click tutorial for Pro/MECHANICA, which has been augmented with four lectures. The tutorial workbook utilizes very simple examples that focus on the fundamentals. The lectures emphasize important concepts of each chapter and adds depth to the various subjects. Where the tutorial provides the "HOW-TO" the lecture covers the "WHY and WHEN" things are done.

Lecture Topics:

-Introduction to FEA
-Analysis, Design Studies and Results (with Sensitivity and Optimization)
-Materials, Loads, Constraints, Geometry and Meshing
-Idealizations, Shells and Beams


The material and tutorial will present a background on FEA, accuracy convergence methods, creating 2D and 3D models, solid models, shell models, beam models, application of loads and constraints, running static analysis, sensitivity studies, optimization structures, reviewing and documenting results. By the end of this course the participants should have knowledge of FEA, knowledge of Pro/MECHANICA software and some modeling experience. Many of the topics covered in this course can be found in the 'Tips and Tricks' section of this site.

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Advanced Simulation Techniques

Advanced Simulation Techniques with Pro/MECHANICA
$3600.00 plus $210.00 per participant plus instructor travel expense.

This price will include:

1 copy of the lecture notes and CD with example training models for each participant plus 24 hrs of on-site instructor training/consulting time for each class (approximately six 4hr sessions)

Lecture Topics:

-Solution Quality
-Modeling Quality
-Geometry and Meshing
-Assemblies and Connections
-Vibration
-Thermal

The Solution Quality topic covers the basics of P-Method FEA, solution convergence techniques, evaluation of solution accuracy, diagnosis of solution accuracy problems and fixing accuracy problems. Some of the information covered in this session can be found in the 'Tips and Tricks' section of this site.

The Modeling Quality session deals with the process of evaluating assumptions made about model fidelity, analysis types, idealizations, loads and constraints. In other words, how much detail to include (de-featuring), what type of analysis is required (2D, 3D, static, dynamic, nonlinear...), when to idealize (shells, beams, springs), how much do you model and where to apply boundary constraints and loads.

The theme for the Geometry/Meshing session is creating "MECHANICA Friendly" geometry, de-featuring, shell compression, AutoGEM controls, de-bugging bad geometry and meshing problems. Some of the information covered in this session can be found in the 'Tips and Tricks' section of this site.

The Assemblies/Connections session demonstrates techniques for connecting parts together or what some would call the boundary conditions between parts. Specifically, this session deals with assemblies, contacts (gaps), welds, bolted connections, glue joints and rigid links. Comparisons are made using different techniques. Some of the information covered in this session can be found in the 'Tips and Tricks' section of this site.

The Vibration session covers the complete process of performing a vibration analysis in Pro/MECHANICA. Also discussed is the application of vibration analysis for simulating drop or impact tests, sine sweep tests, fatigue evaluation and acoustic noise loading. Techniques for creating system models, determining dynamic loads and applying enforced boundary motion are discussed as well. Some of the information covered in this session can be found in the 'Tips and Tricks' section of this site.

The Thermal Analysis session covers the complete process of performing a steady state or transient thermal analysis in Pro/MECHANICA. This includes the discussion of units systems, material properties, heat loads, convection and temperature boundary conditions and idealizations. Also discussed are techniques for de-featuring, modeling assemblies (contact resistance), calculating convection boundary conditions and using calculated temperatures as loads for a structural simulation. Some of the information covered in this session can be found in the 'Tips and Tricks' section of this site.

The information covered in this course in addition to the Introduction course will provide the tools necessary to become proficient at using Pro/MECHANICA for real-world problems.

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Advanced Simulation Workshop

Advanced Simulation Workshop
$1000.00 / day plus instructor travel expense.

These sessions include 8 hrs of on-site instructor training, mentoring and consulting time.

A 2 day Advanced Simulation Workshop makes a great add-on to the Introduction class or the 3-day Advanced Techniques class. Participants will present a project they are working on or want to start. We will convene with a roundtable discussion on the best strategy to proceed. Additional time is spent working on the problems together interrupted occasionally for a discussion about typical issues that will come up. The purpose of this workshop is to reinforce the topics covered in the other classes and to get participants started with real world problems. The class is best if limited to 4 participants.

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Mentoring Program

Simulation Techniques Mentoring
$1000.00 / day plus instructor travel expense for on-site or $125.00 / hrs phone or Email support.


The mentoring program is similar to a standard consulting arrangement except that the customer will perform the analysis work under the guidance of the mentor. The mentor will advise the customer on strategy and techniques to be used during the design process. The mentor can also perform some of the simulation work and use the resulting models as training tools for the customer to demonstrate strategy and technique. This program is a great way to get started on your first real world project.

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Benefits

Instructors Note:

The Mechanical Design Simulation courses offered have been developed over several years and are based on over a quarter century experience in the industry as well as over a decade using the Pro/MECHANICA product. The complete set of course material is much deeper and richer than anything else offered to the Design Engineer. The Introduction course will get you up and going with Pro/MECHANICA while the follow on Advanced courses will teach you the tricks of the trade making you a proficient user.

Offering the Introduction course on-site with a self guided tutorial (Option1) will provide you with a flexible schedule that will not be as intrusive to the regular work schedule as a full week classroom style training would. The lecture periods will provide practical insight into the use of the tool as well as cover information not covered or not practical to cover in the tutorial.

The Advanced course may also be provided on a very flexible schedule and may be customized to suite your needs. This course has been taught as both a marathon 3-day seminar or a series of lunchtime lectures spread over several weeks.

Offering the courses in this format is also very cost effective for local northern California customers. You will get the highest quality training experience with least expensive approach.

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