Checking date: 22/06/2021

Course: 2022/2023

Numerical modelling of structural elements
Study: Bachelor in Industrial Technologies Engineering (256)

Coordinating teacher: ZAERA POLO, RAMON EULALIO

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

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
-Mechanics of Structures -Elasticity and Strength of Materials
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Know and understand the scientific and mathematical principles underlying the Finite Element method. 2. Choose and apply modeling methods to the calculation of structures. 3. Understand the different methods and be able to use them, and know their limitations. 4. Work effectively both individually and as part of a team.
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
  • E. Oñate. Cálculo de Estructuras por el Método de los Elementos Finitos. Análisis Estático Lineal. CIMNE. 1995
  • O.C. Zienkiewicz, R.L. Taylor, J.Z. Zhu. El Método de los Elementos Finitos. Vol 1, Las Bases. CIMNE. 2010
  • 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.