safety engineering course

Introduction to Finite Element Method

Course Description

The Finite Element Method (FEM) is widely used in industry for analysing and modelling structures and continua, whose physical behaviour is described by ordinary and partial differential equations. The FEM is particularly useful for engineering problems that are too complicated to be solved by classical analytical methods. The main objective of this course is to introduce the mathematical concepts of the Finite Element Method for obtaining an approximate solution of ordinary and partial differential equations. In this course you will attend lectures on the fundamentals of the Finite Element Method. Your learning process will be enhanced by completing assignments using mathematical software such as Maple. You will also be introduced to a commercial Finite Element software package – ANSYS – during lectures with computer laboratories providing opportunities to practice on, and to complete practical assignments, using ANSYS.

Course Objective

After successfully completing this course student will learn:

  • Introduction and review matrix methods
  • Fundamentals of finite elements
  • Application to solid mechanics: truss elements, beam elements, plate and shell elements, constant strain triangle, vibration problems
  • Programming commercial packages
  • Application to heat transfer: one-dimensional, two-dimensional, transient problems, thermal stress
  • Advanced topics: numerical integration methods, isoparametric elements, fluid mechanics and nonlinear problems

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