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Introduction to Finite Element Method

BV320010
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About this course

In the module the main concepts and fundamentals of the finite element method are taught:

  • Direct Stiffness Method,
  • finite element modelling,
  • variational formulation of the Finite Element Method,
  • finite Elements for plates in membrane action, -isoparametric element concept,
  • convergence behavior of finite element calculations / Convergence requirements,
  • introduction onto locking and finite element technology,
  • implementation aspects,
  • finite elements for structural dynamics.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the module the students have understood the basics of the finite element method. They are able to apply the finite element method to linear problems in structural mechanics. Furthermore, at the end of the course, students are able to develop simple finite element programs by themselves and have the capability to extend the range of applications to more complex problems concerning the finite element method using specialist literature.

Examination

The final examination of this module is held as a written test (duration 90 min.). The exam consists of a combination of general questions and calculation assignments. Handling the general questions, the students are supposed to show that they have understood the fundamentals of the finite element method. Dealing with calculation assignments the students should also show that they have the ability to develop parts of a finite element code by themselves. Additionally, it is to be demonstrated that the finite element method can be applied to linear problems in structural mechanics.

The auxiliary means for the exam can be found at the bulletin at the chair or on the chair’s homepage (www.st.bgu.tum.de).

Course requirements

Firm knowledge in higher mathematics and numerical methods as well as good basic knowledge in mechanics and structural analysis.

Activities

The module consists of a lecture and an exercise. The lecture contains classical presentations with script and notes. For consolidation of the content, exercises containing hand calculations and computer algebra are conducted. For further intensification of the contents additional exercise sheets (“Check your knowledge”) are provided.

Additional information

  • Credits
    ECTS 3
  • Contact hours per week
    4
  • Instructors
    Veronika Singer, Klaus Sautter, Martin Fußeder, Ann-Kathrin Goldbach, Lakshmi Ghantasala, Bastian Devresse, Benedikt Philipp, Andreas Winterstein, David Schmölz, Kai-Uwe Bletzinger, Roland Wüchner, Andreas Apostolatos, Stefan Grabke
  • Mode of instruction
    Hybrid
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Please note, for TalTech students there is an earlier deadline for applications - 18th June 2024

Offering(s)

  • Start date

    14 October 2024

    • Ends
      7 February 2025
    • Term *
      Winter 2024/2025
    • Instruction language
    • Register between
      24 May - 29 Jul 2024
    Only 7 days to enrol
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  • Start date

    16 October 2024

    • Ends
      5 February 2025
    • Term *
      Winter 2024/2025
    • Instruction language
    • Register between
      24 May - 29 Jul 2024
    Only 7 days to enrol
    Apply now
These offerings are valid for students of TalTech (Estonia)