
 The student can explain the finite difference and finite element technique and can apply these to solve the common partial differential equations of physics
 The student can distinguish between elliptic, hyperbolic and parabolic partial differential equations, and formulate initial and boundary conditions.
 The student can apply the calculus of vector fields and vector differentials and the integral theorems of Stokes and Gauss to solve or simplify related integrals and partial differential equations.
 The student can translate a partial differential equation problem to COMSOL and validate the result of the evaluation.


The Finite Element method is used in many engineering areas to evaluate a system described by (partial) differential equations such as fluid motion, thermal behaviour, mechanical stress and bending as well as electromagnetic phenomena. In many engineering problems it is actually a combination of these effects that play a role, for example the cooling of a mechanical structure to prevent thermal expansion with the flow of a cooling fluid. Working with a Finite Element method is not just asking the computer for an answer, as an answer it will give. Therefore this technique can only be used with a proper setup of the problem and the validation of the results.




Bachelor Advanced Technology 
  Required materialsWebsitesonline version of R. Feynman, R. Leighton, and M. Sands, "The Feynman Lectures on Physics" http://www.feynmanlectures.caltech.edu 

 Recommended materialsBookR. Feynman, R. Leighton, and M. Sands, "The Feynman Lectures on Physics" , 3 volumes 1964, 1966
ISBN10: 0201021153, ISBN13: 9780201021158 (1970 paperback threevolume set)
ISBN10: 0201500647, ISBN13: 9780201500646 (1989 commemorative hardcover threevolume set)
ISBN10: 0805390456, ISBN13: 9780805390452 (2006 the definitive edition (2nd printing); hardcover) 
 BookD.J. Griffiths, "Introduction to Electrodynamics" ISBN10: 0321856562, ISBN13: 9780321856562 
 BookD.K. Cheng, "Field and wave electromagnetics" ISBN10: 0201128195, ISBN13: 9780201128192 
 BookF. Gustrau and D. Manteuffel, "EM Modeling of Antennas and RF Components for Wireless Communication Systems" ISBN10: 3540286144, ISBN13: 9783540286141 
 WebsitesS.J. Orfanidis, "Electromagnetic Waves and Antennas" http://www.ece.rutgers.edu/~orfanidi/ewa/ 

 Instructional modesAssessmentPresence duty   Yes 
 AssignmentPresence duty   Yes 
 LecturePresence duty   Yes 
 OtherPresence duty   Yes 
 Self study with assistancePresence duty   Yes 
 Self study without assistance

 TestsFinite Element Methods


 