Course on Finite Element Methods

About Course

The course aims to cover basic theory and principles of finite element methods procedure and apply finite element methodology to solve structural, thermal, fluid flow and dynamic problems.


Finite element analysis is a widely used technique that is essential for engineering graduate students / teachers / technical staff / design engineers in solving problems hence they should have the basic knowledge of the theory and applications of this technique. We believe that training graduate students/design engineers to use a specific software package without providing knowledge of the underlying theory is a disservice to the students/design engineers and can be dangerous for their future/present employers. Thus, attending this course engineers will gain theoretical knowledge of finite element method and its application with the ability to identify and rectify the errors while solving engineering problems and interpret the results from the analysis.

What Will I Learn?

  • Understand and acquire the fundamental knowledge of finite element method.
  • Apply finite element method to most relevant problems in mechanical engineering domain.
  • Demonstrate finite element analysis for solving a diversity of mechanical engineering problems.
  • Ability to identify and rectify the errors while solving engineering problems.
  • Knowledge to interpret the results from the analysis.

Topics for this course

14 Lessons40h

Basic Background Requirement to FEM

Basic Background Requirement to FEM: – Matrix Algebra, Gauss Elimination Method, Numerical Integration – Gaussian Quadrature Rule. Conformal Mapping, Jacobian Matrix.

Static Analysis – Solid and Structural Mechanics

Introduction to FEM

Types of Elements and their Properties

Steps in Finite Element Method

One Dimension Bar/Rod Element

Finite Element Formulation of Beams and Frames

Finite Element Formulation of Two-Dimensional Problems

Finite Element Formulation of Three-Dimensional Solid and Structural Mechanics Problems

Dynamic Analysis

Heat Transfer Analysis

Fluid Flow Analysis

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  • The prerequisites required are basic knowledge of mathematics, numerical techniques,static and dynamics in solid/structural mechanics, thermal engineering, fluid mechanics and fluid dynamics and general mechanical engineering related topics.

Target Audience

  • Design Engineers/CAE Engineers/Engineers working in Mechanical,automotive, aerospace, railways, defence, nuclear energy, thermal power, wind, medical equipment, electrical and electronics etc, and related Industry involving design analysis can participate.
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