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Course – 6th Edition

Finite Element Analysis Applied to Life Sciences

June 8th-12th, 2020, Crete (Greece)

Functional Morphology

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Due to the current situation and restrictions regarding traveling, this course has been postponed. The course will be rescheduled at a later stage when the outbreak has calmed down. If you want to receive information on the new date please SUBSCRIBE to our Newsletter.

Finite Element Analysis Applied to Life SciencesCourse Overview

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a great tool for biologists, palaeontologists, doctors, veterinarians, and other life sciences specialities in which researchers face questions about biomechanics of living and extinct organisms. Elements like bone, arthropod exoskeleton, mollusc shells, or the stems and leaves of plants can be analysed using this technique.

FEA is a non-invasive modelling technique, based on the principle of dividing a system into a finite number of discrete elements where the equations are applied. Although static and dynamic analysis can be solved using FEA, in this course only static analysis will be covered.

In this course, there will be an introduction to the Finite Element in order to model biological structures and understand how they work. We will cover all the steps involved in FEA (for static analysis) except the creation or reconstruction of the model, which will be covered in our course Introduction to 3D Imaging Technologies: Photogrammetry, Laser, CT-scan and (µ)CT-scan for Life Sciences.

After the theoretical introduction, we will build and analyse 2D and 3D finite element models of skeletal elements and deepen on the methods and software’s required to perform FEA. Key questions as mesh size, boundary conditions, applied forces, scaling and numerical singularities will be thoroughly addressed.

Requirements

Graduate or postgraduate degree in any Life Sciences discipline. Familiarity with 3D virtual model generation, as the starting point of the course will be with the model already built.

Participants will be required to bring their own personal laptop with the following minimum requirements: Windows, 4 GB RAM, 1 GB memory dedicated to the graphic card, 20 GB of hard disk space available. If you wish to attend but do not have access to a laptop which meets these specifications, please contact the course coordinators.

Contact

courses.greece@transmittingscience.com

LOCATION

Alexander Hotel

Gerakári, Municipality of Amari, 74 061
Rethymno
Crete, Greece

How to get there

DATE

July 6th-10th, 2020

LANGUAGE

English

COURSE LENGTH & ECTS

35 hours on-site.

This course is equivalent to 2 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) at the Life Science Zurich Graduate School.

The recognition of ECTS by other institutions depends on each university or school.

PLACES

Places are limited to 16 participants and will be occupied by strict registration order.

Participants who have completed the course will receive a certificate at the end of it.

Jordi Marce-Nogue instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Jordi Marcé-Nogué
Universitat Rovira i Virgili
 Spain

Josep Fortuny instructor for Transmitting Science

Dr. Josep Fortuny

Institut Català de Paleontologia M. C.
Spain

Program

Monday (Jordi Marcé-Nogué).

  • An introduction to the use of Finite Element Analysis (FEA):
    • Mathematical model, features and practical procedure.
  • Basic continuum mechanics:
    • Stress, displacements, strain, constitutive equations.
    • Failure criteria on elastic materials.


Tuesday (Jordi Marcé-Nogué).

  • Theoretical approach to Meshing:
    • Types of mesh.
    • Mesh generation.
    • How to evaluate a mesh (quality and reliability).
    • Recommendations for a good practice.
  • Material Properties:
    • Biomechanical properties of the bones to be used in FEA.
    • Considerations for non-lineal materials to understand the modelling of soft tissues.
    • Boundary conditions and Forces in biological systems.

Wednesday (Jordi Marcé-Nogué).

  • 2D Plane models reconstruction:
    • Theoretical tools for the creation of 2D plane FEA models of biological structures.
    • A practical guided example in an Artiodactyla jaw.

Thursday (Josep Fortuny and Jordi Marcé-Nogué).

  • 3D models:
    • Theoretical tools for the creation of 3D FEA models of biological structures.
  • CASE STUDY:
    • Alligator jaw: Biological Implications. Interpretation of the results.

Friday (Josep Fortuny and Jordi Marcé-Nogué).

  • Working with real examples.
  • Creation of a complete FEA model.

Fees

  • Course Fee
  • Early bird (until April 30th, 2020):
  • 620 € *

    (496 € for Ambassador Institutions)

  • Regular (after April 30th, 2020):
  • 775 € *

    (620 € for Ambassador Institutions)

  • This includes course material, coffee breaks and lunches (VAT included).
    * Participants from companies/industry will have an extra charge of 100 €.
  • Course Fee + Accommodation Package
  • Early bird (until April 30th, 2020):
  • 970 € *

    (846 € for Ambassador Institutions)

  • Regular (after April 30th, 2020):
  • 1125 € *

    (900 € for Ambassador Institutions)

  • This includes course material, coffee breaks, transportation from and to Heraklion, accommodation from Sunday to Friday, breakfasts, lunches and dinners (VAT included).
    * Participants from companies/industry will have an extra charge of 100 €.

You can check the list of Ambassador Institutions. If you want your institution to become a Transmitting Science Ambassador please contact us at communication@transmittingscience.com

Schedule

Course Schedule

Participants will make their own way

  • Monday to Friday:
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons.
    • 13:30 to 15:00 Lunch (included).
    • 15:00 to 18:00 Lessons.

The class schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.

Course + Accommodation Package Schedule
  • Sunday:
    • 18:30 Meeting at Heraklion Archaeological Museum to take the bus to Gerakári. If you are planning to arrive later, you can find more information on how to get there.
    • 20:00 Registration in the Hostel.
    • 20:30 Dinner.
  • Monday to Thursday:
    • 08:00 to 09:00 Breakfast
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons
    • 13:30 to 15:00 Lunch (included)
    • 15:00 to 18:00 Lessons
    • 20:00 Dinner
  • Friday:
    • 8:00 to 9:00 Breakfast.
    • 9:30 to 13:30 Lessons
    • 13:30 to 14:30 Lunch (included)
    • 15:00 to 18:00 Lessons
    • 18:00 Meeting at Alexander Hotel to take the bus to Heraklion.
    • 20:15 Arrival at Heraklion Archaeological Museum.

The class schedule is approximate; it is possible that the content of one day may run into the next and a working day may be longer than advertised.

Accommodation

If you choose the Accommodation Package you will be hosted at Alexander Hotel  in Gerakári village, in shared en-suite rooms, although you will only share rooms with other course participants (male or female only).

If you prefer to stay in a single en-suite room, you can do so with a supplementary charge.

The Accommodation Package includes transportation from the centre of Heraklion to the venue and back, at the start and end of the course, respectively. The trip takes around 1 hour 50 minutes each way. If you require transportation from or to Chania (the other city of Crete with an airport), please contact the course coordinator who can arrange it at an additional cost.

If you do not wish to take the Accommodation Package, you can find a few other options in the surrounding area. However, please be aware that access to and travelling around the area requires a private vehicle as public transport is scarce. Therefore, course participants will find choosing the Accommodation Package more convenient.

Funding

Discounts are not cumulative and apply only on the Course Fee. We offer the possibility of paying in two instalments (contact courses@transmittingscience.com).

Former participants will have a 5 % discount on the Course Fee.

20 % discount on the Course Fee is offered for members of some organizations (Ambassador Institutions). If you want to apply to this discount please indicate it in the Registration form (proof will be asked later).

Unemployed scientists living in the country were the course will be held, as well as PhD students based in that country without any grant or scholarship to develop their PhD, could benefit from a 40 % discount on the Course Fee. If you want to ask for this discount, please contact the course coordinator. That would apply for a maximum of 2 places and they will be covered by strict inscription order.