Course syllabus

Finita elementmetoden - konstruktionsberäkningar
The Finite Element Method - Structural Analysis

VSMN30, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board D
Date of Decision: 2016-04-08

General Information

Elective for: V4-at, V4-ko
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The aim of the course is to continue the knowledge gained in the course ""Finite Element Method - Flow analysis" by giving detailed theoretical and practical knowledge to be able to model and analyse general solid mechanics problems described from a physical context. Problems within the field of engineering that will be studied are based on stresses, strains, 2- and 3-dimensional elasticity problems, beams and plates. Furthermore, a brief introduction to non-linear structural mechanics problems is given.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


The course consists of lectures, exercise sessions and one compulsory design assignments. The knowledge from the course "Finite Element Method - Flow analysis" is increased by gradually introducing more advanced problems to this basic knowledge, such as, two- and three-dimensional solid mechanics problems. Solid mechanics problems that are studied: stresses and strains, 2 and 3D elasticity, beams and plates. At the end of the course the theory for isoparametric finite elements and numerical integration is introduced. The design assignment illustrate the procedure of transferring a design problem into a model suitable for finite element analysis.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination and two design assignments and an oral presentation.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FHL064, VSM040

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Univ. lektor Kent Persson,
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