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Finite Element Analysis

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Saturdays 9 am - 5 pm (10 and 24 February, 10 March and 21 April 2018)

On this course you'll evaluate the Finite Element Method (FEM) in the analysis of complex structural problems.

Via a set of computer labs you'll be introduced to FEM software, a leading engineering analysis tool that combines element technology with an extensive library of material models and an advanced post-processing capability.

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Course Dates

10th February 2018 – 21st April 2018

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Course Description

The course will introduce you to the theory behind FEM and how to apply the method in sample structural problems and produce reports.

For this module you'll be required to produce solutions for two small projects, and these solutions will be assessed for your ability to apply, refine and develop computer models to solve structural problems with the appropriate graphs and data.

This course will include:

  • weighted residual methods
  • Galerkin finite element method
  • differential equations for one and two-dimensional problems
  • modal analysis of structures and the extraction of natural frequencies
  • linear transient dynamic analyses
  • nonlinear analysis, including buckling and the stability of structures.

You'll also explore techniques involved in 2D and 3D solid modelling, symmetry, FE mesh, bricks and tetrahedrals, linear and quadratic elements, boundary conditions, mixed models and constrain equations.

By the of this course you will be able to:

  • integrate your knowledge of mathematics, science, information technology, design and engineering practice to solve a substantial range of problems associated with finite element analysis
  • assess the capabilities and limitation of computer based methods in finite element analysis
  • argue efficiently and effectively at all levels on matters of finite element analysis.

A CPD certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Successful completion can also contribute 15 credits towards a PGDip or MSc award.

How to apply

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then email your form to be considered by the academic team.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:


Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813