Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. Optional for: M4. Course coordinator: Junior lecturer Hans Walter,, Industriell Produktion. Recommended prerequisits: FMA410 Calculus in One Variable, FMA421 Linear Algebra, FMA430 Calculus in Several Variables and FHL013 Solid Mechanics. The course might be cancelled if the numer of applicants is less than 8. Assessment: Continuous examination during the course of compulsory moments such as written assignments, guest lectures and one “modelling- and analyse” test which is carried out individually. If the “modelling- and analyse test” is not approved at the first occasion further occasion is given during the course. In the course a compulsory project is included. The project is marked according to both how the analytical work was carried out and how the results were presented in both written and orally form. To achieve even higher grades it is possible to do an optional home exam during the course. Further information: Two different study paces are offered. The regular pace lasts little more than one study period and the alternative pace lasts two study periods. Home page:

The FEM (Finite Element Method) is a widely used engineering tool which, for instance, is used during development of products and manufacturing methods. The aim with the course is to give the students knowledge and abilities to work with a commercial FEM-program. The work is carried out on applied problems and includes collection of necessary input values and the interpretation of the received analytical results.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

The course is focused on the practical use of the finite element method (FEM) and deals only with elementary FEM theory. However central concepts and functions are discussed and explained. The FE-analyses are carried out with a commercial FE-program (ANSYS). Different types of problems such as linear and non-linear static mechanical, thermal, dynamical (frequency/natural vibration) and magnetic flux problems are treated in the practical part of the course. The different types of problems are structured according to geometry, material, loads and boundary conditions in order to be represented in a FE-model. The procedures at and the quality aspects of the FEM calculations are discussed and verifications of the results are made for some analyses. One major project that treats some of the division’s research areas is carried out and reported under the second half of the course. Besides working with FEM the project also gives the possibility to practice other disciplines such as to get into new fields of knowledge and both written and oral presentation.

Sunnersjö, S: FEM i praktiken: en introduktion till finita elementmetodens praktiska tillämpning. Industrilitteratur AB 1999. ISBN: 9175485419
Course material compiled by the department such as assignments and project information.