Course syllabus

Simulation Tools

FMNN05, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2023/24
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering, LTH
Decided by: PLED F/Pi
Date of Decision: 2023-04-18

General Information

Elective for: D4, F4, F4-bs, Pi4-bs, Pi4-pv
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


Simulation techniques is a field which merges experience in modelling with knowledge in Scientific Computing and programming skills. The aim of the course is to give students in a late stage of their university studies the possibility to work, in a small team, with industrially relevant computational problems in connection with the modelling of complex mechanical systems. The participants will experience how mathematical methods may be found on different levels in industrial simulation tools. In particular, the numerical treatment of ordinary differential equations, with discontinuities and/or without algebraic constraints, and numerical methods for large systems of nonlinear equations will form the backbone of the course.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must


Theoretical part: Numerical treatment of ordinary differential equations with discontinuities and/or algebraic constraints and of time dependent partial differential equations. Variants of different modelling techniques, variational integrators and other special numerical methods suitable for modelling. Introduction to a modelling language.

Practical part: Numerical experiments with computational tools within commercial and industrial software packages, e.g. DUNE. Similar experiments with selfproduced code in Python/SciPy.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG - (U,G) - (Fail, Pass)
Assessment: A written report, in several parts.

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.


Assumed prior knowledge: FMNN10 Numerical Methods for Differential Equations or similar course.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FMN145, NUMN05, NUMN26

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Contact and other information

Director of studies: Anders Holst,
Course administrator: Student Office,
Course coordinator: Robert Klöfkorn,
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