311.137 Modelling and Simulation in Production Technology
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2022S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Hybrid

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

  • understand the basics of FE modeling,
  • understand and analyze the models in the following physical disciplines as mechanics, heat conduction and coupled thermomechanical analysis
  • fully use of Abaqus / CAE (short for Complete Abaqus Environment) 

Subject of course

Procedures for modeling and simulation in manufacturig technologies Possibilities and limits of modeling and simulation.

The course is orientated to the connection between the theory of numerical simulation and the practical usage of the FEM software with the focus on the practical tasks.

To get a clearer idea of simulation tasks, please have a look on "Nutshell.pdf", saved under Communication / Documents.


Teaching methods

The lessons are based on a common interactive solution of model examples. Each topic is  at the beginning explained theoretically.

Mode of examination

Written and oral

Additional information

See also "Documents / Modelling and Simulation in Production Technology - Nutshell"


Theme 1:        ABAQUS - CEA interface and basic analysis steps

Example:      Bending of the beam 1D (beam)

Keywords:   CAE interface, basic FEA steps, files system, 1D elements


Theme 2:        ABAQUS - user defined output

Example:      Overhead hoist 1D (truss)

Keywords:   CAE interface, user def. output, additional results options, 1D elements (truss)


Theme 3:        Simple thermal analysis

Example:      Steady-state thermal analysis of water tube

Keywords:   Thermal analysis, basic thermal analysis steps, initial field, boundary conditions, 2D elements, ODB viewer options, DC2D4 elements


Theme 4:        Multi step thermal analysis

Example:      Steady-state and transient thermal analysis of building insulation

Keywords:   multi step analysis, boundary conditions, cooling, heat flow, DC2D4 elements


Theme 5:        Temperature dependent material properties and phase changes

Example:      Transient heat transfer analysis of a casting process

Keywords:   Transient heat transfer, temperature dependent material properties, phase change, DC2D4


Theme 6:       Coupled fields

Example:      Coupled-field thermal-stress analysis of Steel-Al bimetal

Keywords:   Coupled fields, basic coupled field analysis steps,coupled field elements, CPE4T


Theme 7:        Contact analysis

Example:        Abaqus/Standard 2-D example: forming a channel

Keywords:     rigid surfaces, contact, true stress-strain, plasticity, assembly, CPE4/CPE4R


Theme 8:        Complex transient coupled field tasks

Example:        Abaqus/Standard 2-D example: Laser assisted bending / LLF IFT TU Wien



Examination modalities

Written and Oral Exam: Simulation tasks and questions about the theoretical basics as well as practical modeling aspects.

Course registration

Not necessary


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 445 Mechanical Engineering Elective
066 482 Mechanical Engineering - Management Elective


No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

FEM software - not required

English - basic level