Non-linear Finite Element - Applied on Materials Processing


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have an understanding of how careful modelling and a profound understanding of the numerical methodology can help an engineer in producing reliable and precise simulations for a wide variety of problems
  • Have knowledge of element technology, such as bar, beam, solid and shell elements
  • Be able to apply nonlinear finite element methods including solution of systems of nonlinear equations, geometrically nonlinear problems, contact problems and nonlinear material models
  • Have an understanding of the non-linear nature of certain manufacturing processes
  • Have an understanding of material modelling:
    • Plasticity and viscoelasticity
    • Non-linear properties of engineering materials such as steel and polymers
    • Methods to obtain material characteristics.


  • Be able to solve engineering problems using a commercial finite element programme
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of concepts, theory and applications of finite element analysis from an engineering point of view
  • As every simulation is a compromise between precisions and cost, the student must be able to judge the advantages and disadvantages of the different software options available
  • Be able to model certain manufacturing processes using the finite element theory
  • Be able to model a material based on test results
  • Be able to conduct a systematic assessment of results.  


  • Use finite element tools to model, simulate and interpret issues related to product and/or process design
  • Be able to judge the opportunities and limitations of finite element simulations with regard to product and/or process design.

Type of instruction

The teaching is organized in accordance with the general form of teaching. Please see the programme cirruculum §17.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module the expected workload is 150 hours for the student.



Name of examNon-linear Finite Element - Applied on Materials Processing
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleNon-linear finite element – anvendt på materiale processering
Module codeM-MT-K1-2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Manufacturing Technology)
Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science