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Finite Element Methods, Advanced Course MSK540

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

Course description for study year 2022-2023

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Mathematical foundation , strong and weak 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.  Finite element modelling. Use of general purpose finite element software.
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
Required prerequisite knowledge
Recommended prerequisites
BYG140 Structural Mechanics 1
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades Valid calculator

Coursework requirements

3 lab works (PC-lab) and 3 written assignments

All 3 lab works and 3 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 laboratory work (Pc-lab)
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Finite Element Methods, advanced course (MOM180_1) 10
Finite Element Methods, Advanced Course Part 1 (MSK545_1) 5
Open for
Structural and Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science Degree Programme Marine and Offshore Technology, Master of Science Degree Programme
Course assessment
Form and/or discussion according to faculty guidelines.
The syllabus can be found in Leganto