Structural Mechanics Solutions using COMSOL Multiphysics®

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COMSOL Certified Consultant

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For questions e-mail or call Lynne Smith at 614 861 7015. Early registration is encouraged as the number of participants is limited. Upon registration you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your reservation and additional information from AltaSim.

Dates for Live, Web-Based Training

Please register by the Friday before class begins

September 23-26, 2024   12:30pm - 4:30pm EDT

December 9-12, 2024   12:30pm - 4:30pm EST

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This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of performing analyses of solid mechanics problems using COMSOL Multiphysics®. The course covers:

  • The fundamentals of performing linear and nonlinear structural analysis
  • The governing structural mechanics equations in COMSOL Multiphysics®
  • Best practices for element selection and usage
    • Solid
    • Beam
    • Shell
  • Selection of appropriate boundary conditions
  • Using symmetry
  • Meshing requirements
  • Analysis of problems that include:
    • Plasticity
    • Temperature effects
    • Thermal stress
    • Contact
    • Dynamic effects
  • Best practices for obtaining accurate solutions

Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of COMSOL Multiphysics® before attending.


The fee for this course is $1,350 per person.

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.

Course Content

Days 1 & 2, 12:30pm - 4:30pm

Attendees will be led through use of COMSOL Multiphysics® to perform a range of solid mechanics analyses. Underlying theory and fundamentals will be covered to supplement the FEA implementation.  Best practices for two- and three- dimensional problems will be demonstrated using practical examples.  The following items will be covered:

  • 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
  • Contact
  • Using shell and beam elements
Days 3 & 4, 12:30pm - 4:30pm

These sessions will examine complex conditions including nonlinearity, thermal loading, dynamic effects, and structural vibration. Best practices for solid mechanics analyses will be addressed with respect to workflow, solver recommendations and discretization.

  • Thermal stress
  • Plasticity and post-yield analysis
  • Contact best practices
    • Augmented LaGrangian method contact
    • Penalty method contact
  • Temperature dependent material properties
  • Wave propagation in frequency and time domain
  • Damping


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

With more than ten years of computational analysis experience, Josh has a graduate level training in computational mechanics modeling specializing in microstructural analysis. As a Senior 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

Sergei has more than 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 Principal 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.

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
250 W. Old Wilson Bridge Rd, Suite 320
Worthington, OH 43085

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.