317.039 Introduction to Finite Element Methods in Solid Mechanics
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


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

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to explain the basics of finite element methods, to describe FEM trial or interpolation functions, to specify the matrix formulation of the basic FE equation and to explain the individual terms, to give the basic of numerical integration, to perform a linear finite element analysis using simple examples and to identify typical problems with simulation results.

Subject of course

Revisiting of vector and matrix concepts Comparison of classical and FEM solution concepts for a simple example problem Introduction of weighted residuals, Ritz Ansatz Interpolation and trial functions Matrix formulation of finite element equations Steps of a linear Finite Element analysis Numerical integration Discretization: element types, mesh refinement Practical questions: model generation, analysis of results

Teaching methods

Lecture with accompanying exercise, in which examples of the lecture are solved. The entire course will be organized via TUWEL.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Blocked course, the exercise is compulsory.


Zoom Link


Password: FE2021SS



Course dates

Wed12:00 - 12:4510.03.2021 (LIVE)Zoom Session 1
Wed13:00 - 14:3017.03.2021 (LIVE)Zoom Session 2
Wed13:00 - 14:3024.03.2021 (LIVE)Zoom Session 3
Wed13:00 - 15:3028.04.2021 (LIVE)Zoom Session 4

Examination modalities

Homework and an oral exam via Zoom.

The oral exam takes place in multiple timeslots on 26.5. and 2.6. Details and registration are available in the TUWEL course.

ATTENTION: For the oral exam you need a at least a stable internet connection, a webcam and a microphone!

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
22.02.2021 00:00 17.03.2021 12:00 17.03.2021 12:00



Course material will be provided in TUWEL.