Checking date: 13/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

The finite element method in solid mechanics
Study: Master in Industrial Mechanical (265)

Coordinating teacher: VADILLO MARTIN, GUADALUPE

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

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Students should have knowledge of Elasticity and Strength of Materials.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
Basic knowledge of the fundamentals and development of Finite Element Method (FEM). Ability to formulate the most suitable mathematical model of a generic structure under various stresses. Ability to build a finite element model from the physical model. Ability to interpret critically the results of the analysis. Results After passing the course the student is expected to be able to: - Know the basics and the formulation of the MEF, - Modeling for analysis of different types structures with proper selection of element types to use, - Develop appropriate mesh finite element - Correctly modeling constraints and stresses - Interpret the analysis results.
Description of contents: programme
1 Bases and fundamentals of the Finite Element Method 2 Application of M.E.F. in elastic problems 3 Application of M.E.F. in nonlinear problems 4 Application of M.E.F. in dynamic problems 5 Application of M.E.F. in fracture problems 6 Implementation of M.E.F. 7 Coupling systems 8 Using M.E.F. Commercial codes
Learning activities and methodology
The training activities include: - Lectures, doubt solving classes in small groups, student presentations, individual tutorials and personal work, including studies, tests and trials aimed at the acquisition of theoretical knowledge. - Classes of problems, individual tutorials and personal work, including study, tests and examinations, aimed at the acquisition of practical skills related to the course.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.