875342 Finite element methods for structures

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Wachter, Maximilian , Strauss, Alfred
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


Basics of the Finite Element Method
1.) Physical considerations
2.) Numerical considerations
3.) Case studies

Development of a Finite Element model
1.) Basics of the Direct Stiffness Method
2.) Basics of structural modelling
3.) Interpretation of results
4.) Assessment of the Direct Stiffness Method for structural analysis
5.) Basics of Mechanical Member Elements
6.) Modelling: loads, boundary conditions, rigidities, macro elements, super elements

Selection of finite elements – formulation of finite elements
1.) M-Interpretation
2.) Shape functions
3.) Types of elements, e.g. isoparametric elements
4.) Numerical integration

Numerical analysis of FE elements via the developed MATLAB codes
1.) Definition of the physical FE model
2.) Automated determination of the system’s stiffness matrix
3.) Benchmark variant studies of different problems of frame structures

Previous knowledge expected

The course builds on the scientific foundations imparted by the Bachelor’s program, and in particular on basic knowledge of:
(a) Mechanics
(b) Structural design and strength of materials
(c) Construction of framework structures

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students will learn to break down the Finite Element Method into its constituents and to assess and evaluate the possible findings gained via this method.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.