TBM250 The Finite Element Method

Credits (ECTS):10

Course responsible:Eirik Valseth, Tor Anders Nygaard

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:Lectures with self-tuition and homework, approx. 100 hours. Exercises and homework, approx. 150 hours.

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in the August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block and the Autumn parallel

About this course

In this course an introduction to the classical finite element method for the solution of partial differential equations from engineering science, e.g., heat conduction, viscous flows, porous media flows, and elastic deformation. This will be achieved by considering two closely related aspects: i) The theoretical foundation of the finite element methods, and ii) use of existing finite element analysis software. Central topics are: the weak formulation and its properties, interpolation, boundary conditions, and linear systems of algebraic equations.

Learning outcome

Having passed the course, the students will have gained basic understanding of how to use the Finite-Element-Method (FEM) in solving practical problems. This class also provides training in problem solving using FEM- software packages.
  • The course is based on a combination of lectures, demonstrations and exercises.
  • The subject teachers are available in connection with lectures and exercises in the computer lab. Exercises are carried out under the guidance of both the subject teacher and with assistance from others at the department.
  • MATH111, MATH112, MATH113, FYS101, FYS102, FYS110, TBM120, INF120.
  • The course grade is set based on written exams in both the August block and fall parallel. In addition, all compulsory exercises have to be submitted before the deadlines and approved.

  • The external examiner has many years of professional experience, using the Finite Element Method in product development and design, and gives feedback on current developments and needs. The course outline as well as results are reviewed annually. The course is updated according to current international research. Criteria and procedures for assessment of student performance are described in a document following the examination assessment.
  • Compulsory exercises/problems.
  • The course is compulsory for Masters degree students in Mechanical Engineering as well as Industrial Economics with graduate courses in Machine- and Product Development (M-MP and IØ-MP-profile).
  • August block: 2 hours lectures per day, 4 hours exercises per day. Autumn semester: 2 hours lectures per week, 4 hours exercises per week.
  • Special requirements in Science