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 2024-2025


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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 (plane 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 problem such 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

Written exam with pen and paper.

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:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

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
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto