Checking date: 08/04/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Numerical modelling of structural elements
Study: Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (221)

Coordinating teacher: ZAERA POLO, RAMON EULALIO

Department assigned to the subject: Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
-Mechanics of Structures -Elasticity and Strength of Materials
By the end of this subject, students will be able to have: 1. a systematic understanding of the key aspects and concepts for the modeling structures with the finite element method. 2. the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve problems of structural mechanics using the finite element method; 3. the ability to select and apply the finite element method to structural mechanics problems. 4. an understanding of methodologies in finite element simulation to the design of structures and industrial constructions. 5. the ability to combine theory and practice of the finite element method to solve problems in the field of structural mechanics. 6. an understanding of applicable techniques and methods in finite element modeling, and of their limitations;
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
- Fundamental concepts. Rayleigh-Ritz method. Finite Element method. - Application to structures: truss and beam finite elements. - Application to two- and three-dimensional problems: triangle, quadrilateral and brick finite elements. - Pre-processing and modeling techniques: selection of the element, meshing, symmetries, boundary conditions. - Post-processing and analysis of results.
Learning activities and methodology
-- 50% of theory lessons: learn the methodologies to solve mechanical problems with the Finite Element Method. -- 50% of computer lessons: develop programming codes to solve mechanical problems with the Finite Element Method. -- Tutorials and personal work of the student; oriented to the acquisition of practical skills related to the program of the subject.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • P.M. Kurowski. Finite Element Analysis For Design Engineers. SAE International. 2004
  • T.R. Chandrupatla, A.D. Belegundu. Introduction to Finite elements in Engineering. Prentice Hall. 1991
Additional Bibliography
  • S. S. Quek, G.R. Liu. The Finite Element Method: A Practical Course. Butterworth-Heinemann. 2003

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.