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


Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science