GECKO S1 & S3 Scientific Courses

From January 30th to February 2nd, CIMNE-CERCA hosted a rigorous four-day scientific training course within the GECKO project framework, focusing on Isogeometric Analysis (IGA) theory and its practical applications. The course featured an esteemed lineup of instructors including Riccardo Rossi (CIMNE-CERCA), Carlos Roig (CIMNE-CERCA), Rubén Zorrilla (CIMNE-CERCA), Roland Wüchner (TUBS), Ricky Aristio (TUBS), and Manuel Messmer (TUM), alongside Nicolo Antonelli, Doctoral Candidate of CIMNE-CERCA, who supported specific sessions.

The course commenced with an in-depth exploration of IGA theory and fundamentals on Day 1, covering topics such as IGA fundamentals, NURBS-based analysis of structures, IBRA concept, trimming, multi-patch treatment, and CAD-integrated analysis of thin-walled structures. Participants engaged in hands-on sessions to solidify their understanding and explore programming basics related to IGA.

Day 2 continued with practical sessions focusing on IGA hands-on exercises and programming basics, including an introduction to Kratos for Standard Finite Element Method (FEM) and integrated IGA design workflows. Attendees gained valuable experience in working with NURBS fundamentals and IGA elements, laying the groundwork for more advanced topics in subsequent days.

Day 3 delved deeper into Kratos basics and IGA integration, covering essential data structures and algorithms. Doctoral Candidates gained insights into the general structure of Kratos. Practical exercises included working with Kratos examples for standard FEM and exploring IGA within the Kratos framework.

On Day 4, the course concluded with advanced topics and training in Kratos, focusing on parallel programming, Kratos objects for IGA, and an integrated IGA design workflow with hands-on exercises using Rhino for pre- and post-processing. These sessions provided participants with a comprehensive understanding of advanced IGA concepts and practical skills essential for leveraging the full potential of this cutting-edge technology in their research and projects. Nicolo Antonelli’s support enriched the sessions, particularly in guiding participants through integrated IGA design workflows. Through a combination of theoretical discussions and hands-on examples, participants developed a comprehensive understanding of IGA theory and its practical implementation using state-of-the-art tools and methodologies.

The video recording of the sessions opened of the scientific training course are now available for viewing to anyone interested.