This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

This is an advanced course to finite element methods with applications to problems in mechanical and structural engineering.

Learning outcome

After completing the course the student should have:
  • An overall understanding of the finite element method and knowledge of the approaches made and possible sources of error
  • Be able to use the method to problems in elasticity theory and structural mechanics, both static and dynamic, and the general field problems as heat conduction.
  • Be able to develop a code in MATLAB / CALFEM for analysis using the finite element method. Have experience using general purpose finite element software


Mathematical foundation , strong and week formulation of the elasticity problem and general field problems, shape functions, mapped elements and numerical integration, Accuracy and adaptive methods, Application in 2 - and 3 dimensional theory of elasticity ( plain stress and plane strain, axisymmetric stress analysis, solids, plate bending and shells) as well as heat conduction. Introduction to dynamic problems and some non-linear problems. Finite element modelling. Use of general purpose finite element software.

Required prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

BYG550 Mechanical Vibrations, MSK530 Mechanics of Solids, Advanced Course


Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam1/14 hoursA - FValid calculator.

Coursework requirements

Project Work, Tutorials
The project work with deadline is mandatory.
A total of 3 lab works (PC-labs) and 5 (written) assignments will be given.
All 3 lab works and 3 out of 5 assignments must be approved in order to take the written exam.

Course teacher(s)

Course coordinator
Ove Mikkelsen
Coordinator laboratory exercises
Adugna Deressa Akessa
Head of Department
Tor Henning Hemmingsen

Method of work

4 hour lectures and 2 hours tutorials per week. Compulsory assignments and project work.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Finite Element Methods, advanced course (MOM180_1) 10
Finite Element Methods, Advanced Course Part 1 (MSK545_1) 5

Open to

Master students at the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Course assessment

Form and/or discussion according to faculty guidelines.


Cook, R.D, Malkus, D.S and Plesha, M.E and Witt, R.J: Concepts and Applications of Finite Element Analysis, Fourth Ed. Wiley 2001, Course notes.

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 09.12.2019