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Course module: 202000652
Finite Element Methods
Course info
Course module202000652
Credits (ECTS)3
Course typeStudy Unit
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact P.L. de Boeij
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Examiner W.T.E. van den Beld
Contactperson for the course P.L. de Boeij
Examiner P.L. de Boeij
Examiner M.P. de Jong
P.J.M. van der Slot
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  • 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 set-up of the problem and the validation of the results.
Module 7
Participating study
Bachelor Advanced Technology
Required materials
online version of R. Feynman, R. Leighton, and M. Sands, "The Feynman Lectures on Physics"
Recommended materials
R. Feynman, R. Leighton, and M. Sands, "The Feynman Lectures on Physics" , 3 volumes 1964, 1966 ISBN-10: 0-201-02115-3, ISBN-13: 978-0-201-02115-8 (1970 paperback three-volume set) ISBN-10: 0-201-50064-7, ISBN-13: 978-0-201-50064-6 (1989 commemorative hardcover three-volume set) ISBN-10: 0-8053-9045-6, ISBN-13: 978-0-8053-9045-2 (2006 the definitive edition (2nd printing); hardcover)
D.J. Griffiths, "Introduction to Electrodynamics" ISBN-10: 0-321-85656-2, ISBN-13: 978-0-321-85656-2
D.K. Cheng, "Field and wave electromagnetics" ISBN-10: 0-201-12819-5, ISBN-13: 978-0-201-12819-2
F. Gustrau and D. Manteuffel, "EM Modeling of Antennas and RF Components for Wireless Communication Systems" ISBN-10: 3-540-28614-4, ISBN-13: 978-3-540-28614-1
S.J. Orfanidis, "Electromagnetic Waves and Antennas"
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

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Self study with assistance
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Self study without assistance

Finite Element Methods

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