Course syllabus

Finita elementmetoden - flödesberäkningar
The Finite Element Method - Flow Analysis

VSMN25, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2020-03-23

General Information

Elective for: MWLU2, V5-vr, V4-at, V4-ko, W5-vr
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English on demand


The aim of the course is to give detailed theoretical and practical knowledge on the basic steps in the finite element method and to be able to model and analyse general flow problems described from a physical context. Common problems within the field of engineering will be studeied, such as, heat flow, pipe network flow, ground water flow and diffusion for both stationary and transient conditions.

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 compulsory design assignments. In the first part of the course a detailed derivation of all the steps in the finite element formulation are given for a one-dimensional heat flow problem: direct approach, strong and weak formulations, approximating functions and weighted residual methods. More advanced problems are gradually added to this basic knowledge, such as, 2- and 3-dimensional field problems. Flow problems that are studied: heat flow, pipe network flow, groundwater flow and diffusion. At the end of the course the theory is extended to the study of transient field-problems. The design assignments illustrate the procedure of transferring a design problem into a model suitable for finite element analysis.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Approved written examination and approved compulsory design assignments.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Code: 0119. Name: Written Examination.
Credits: 5. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination. Contents: The entire course content.
Code: 0219. Name: Design Assignments.
Credits: 2,5. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Approved design assignments.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FHL064, VSM040, VSMN05, FHLF20

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Kent Persson,
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