Finite element analysis of solid structures 7.5 Credits

Finita elementmetoden för mekanisk analys
Second cycle, M7009T
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2018 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
The syllabus was established by the Department of Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering 2007-02-28, and remains valid from autumn 2007.

Last revised
by Mats Näsström 15 Feb 2018

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Solid Mechanics
Subject group (SCB)
Mechanical Engineering

Entry requirements

Basic course in strengt of materials and solid mechanics, and introductory course in numerical analysis including the finite element method.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
Divided into three categories below, the student after the course will be able to show:

1. Knowledge and understanding
  • possess fortified and advanced knowledge in numerical analysis of solid mechanical problems
  • understand the underlying theories of finite element method (FEM)
  • understand how and why non-linear mechanical phenomena affecting the choice of solution method
  • understand the basic theory behind the elasto-plastic constitutive relation
  • explain fundamental theory for large deformations
  • explain fundamental theory for contact formulations
2. Skills and abilities
  • be able to perform non-linear finite element analysis applied on problems in solid mechanics.
  • possess the ability to analyse mechanical problems with nonlinear properties
  • understand and evaluate different contact types and material parameters
  • using FE analysis for optimizing of structures and components
  • combining CAD and FEM to solve problems
  • get experience of presenting and report writing in English
  • get experience in team work
3. Ability of assessment and attitude
  • understand how the finite element can be used for optimizing, dimensioning and product development
  • understand the role of numerical methods play in sustainable development
  • know the challenges of today in finite element analysis
  • feel increased experience of engineering assessments and the identification and formulation of problems

The course covers basic theory of the linear and nonlinear finite element method. Basics of solution methods, material modelling, large deformation and contact formulation are also included in the course. Theories for nonlinear numerical analysis and validation of results are included. Practical exercises in modelling, simulation and analysis of dynamic problems and various nonlinear problems is included. Basic understanding and knowledge of mechanics, physics and mathematics are important tools. Extent of each part is given in%.

Basic formulation PE (20%)

Solving equations of nonlinear static problems (20%)

Nonlinear FEM in solid mechanics (30%)

Computer drills (30%)

This course provides an important basis from which to study and work in areas where mechanical components and systems are included, such as engineering mechanics, engineering design, product innovation, engineering, product development and so on.

Classes and computer exercises.

Assignment reports.

Pär Jonsén

Transition terms
The course M7009T is equal to MTM170

Literature. Valid from Spring 2014 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
A first course in the finite element method, (5th Edition)
Författare: Daryl L. Logan
ISBN-13: 978-0-495-66827-5
ISBN-10: 0-495-66827-3

Course compendium.

Course offered by
Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics

0001Compulsory assignment7.5TG G U 3 4 5

Study guidance
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