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Course module: 202000214
Introduction to Finite Element Method
Course infoSchedule
Course module202000214
Credits (ECTS)2
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personDr. habil. C. Soyarslan
dr. J. Hazrati Marangalou
Examiner E. van der Heide
Dr. habil. C. Soyarslan
Contactperson for the course
Dr. habil. C. Soyarslan
Academic year2023
Starting block
RemarksPart of Module 8 B-IDE
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
After passing the course, the student can:
  • analyse bar and beam constructions with the FEM and can analyse and evalute the results.                             
  • indicate and describe the mathematical and mechanical basics of the FEM.                            
  • deduce 1 dimensional element formulations independently.                            
  • execute simple FEM based analyses with a commercial FEM programs.                            
  • interpret results of FE simulations and give an estimation of the accuracy of the calculation.                            

This is a part of Module 8, ID M8 Virtual Product Development of the Bachelor Industrial Design Engineering. See here for the complete description of this module

In the bachelor programme of the Industrial Design several mechanical aspects of the design (e.g. strength, stiffness) are discussed. In the previous courses (Statics, Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials) analytical methods are treated to analyse the mechanical strcutures. These analytical methods are however limited to analyze only simple geometries, elastic and homogenous material behaviour and simple load situations.

Computer tools are available to analyse the technical aspects of designs/constructions. Finite Element Method (FEM) is one of the frequently used computational tools to analyze mechanical/physical problems. This method enables analysis of complex constructions with an accuracy that cannot be achieved using the analytical methods. The FEM can be used to gain insight in displacements, deformations, stresses and strains in constructions. FEM can be used effectively in the design process in order to gain insight in technical aspects and can estimate if the product can meet the requirements.

The module part "Finite Element Method for ID" gives an introduction of the theory behind FEM. Besides, attention is paid to the applicability and accuracy of this method. Furthermore, students will get acquainted with one commercial FE program during the practicals.    

The module part consists of two parts.
Part 1 includes the theoretical part of FEM. In this part a reader is used. Subjects that are treated: bar and beam constructions, symmetry, 2D- and 3D- constructions, accuracy, interpretation of results.
Part 2 consists of 2 practical assignments.

External students who are interested in this elective: please contact

Assumed previous knowledge
Prerequisite knowledge (compulsory):

Calculus 1A, 1B; Linear Algebra
basic knowledge mechanics
Module 8
Participating study
Bachelor Industrial Design Engineering
Required materials
Introduction to the Finite Element Method (352)
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Presence dutyYes


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