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Remote teaching, involving online lectures and student activities, has become a necessity at most universities. This webinar case study shares insights and tips on how to engage students remotely using the new GRANTA EduPack with an example of a simple product – a chainsaw.

For many products, mechanical performance is important and must be considered during the design process. In this case study, we examine materials for a lightweight blade of a chainsaw. This includes deriving performance indices for a stiffness-limited design. We also take durability and cost considerations into account and reflect on the materials of a real chainsaw blade in a reality check, all for remote teaching. There is a set of student exercises to accompany this case as assignments or as discussion points for a flipped-classroom approach.

  • Learn how to apply a systematic selection methodology using material indices to find the best material for a chainsaw blade directly or as input for further FEM simulation and design.
  • Discover how GRANTA EduPack supports visual and engaging teaching that has been demonstrated to be effective in flexible remote learning.
  • Experience a practical example of how the Ansys Granta educational resources can be customized for your online teaching.

Time: 15:00-16:00 BST

Time: 11:00-12:00 EDT


September 10, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Dr. Claes Fredriksson has more than 15 years’ experience teaching Materials-related subjects to undergraduate and post graduate students in Sweden, Canada, Belgium and the U.S.A, mainly in Mechanical Engineering. After gaining an MSc in Engineering Physics and PhD in Theoretical Physics he worked in both theoretical and experimental research on polymers, metals and biomaterials. He has a passion for teaching and won a grant as part of Sweden’s Excellence in Teaching Programme to enable him to teach in the U.S.A. and facilitate the cross-pollination of pedagogical approaches.