Introduction to Finite Element Method

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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.


  • Felippa ,C. A., "Introduction to Finite Element Methods" , University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Hughes, T.J.R., "The Finite Element Method", 2000, Dover Publications Inc.
  • Onate, E., "Structural Analysis with the Finite Element Method. Linear Statics", 2009, Springer

Course requirements

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


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.

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  • Credits
    ECTS 3
  • Contact hours per week
  • Instructors
    Ann-Kathrin Goldbach, Martin Fußeder, Stefan Grabke, Kai-Uwe Bletzinger, Veronika Singer, Bastian Devresse
  • Mode of instruction
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  • Start date

    16 October 2024

    • Ends
      5 February 2025
    • Term *
    • Instruction language
These offerings are valid for students of Technion (Israel)