Finite Element Methods


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Be able to use the finite element method in static stress analysis.
  • Have knowledge of element technology, such as bar, beam, solid and shell elements.
  • Be able to apply methods for error estimation and adaptive mesh generation.
  • Be able to solve structural dynamics and vibrations problems using methods such as free vibrations, modal methods and direct time integration methods.
  • Be able to apply nonlinear finite element methods including solution of systems of nonlinear equations, geometrically nonlinear problems, contact problems, and nonlinear material models.
  • Be able to perform linearised buckling analysis.
  • Be able to solve exercises using a commercial finite element program (e.g., ANSYS).


  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of concepts, theory and applications of finite element analysis from a mechanical engineering view point.
  • Be able to perform linear and nonlinear static and dynamic stress analysis including the use of commercial finite element software.


  • Be able to apply the concepts, theories and techniques covered in the area of linear and nonlinear finite element analysis on practical problems.
  • Be able to apply the concepts and theories to the solution of relevant problems using commercial software programs.

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 examFinite Element Methods
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleElementmetoder
Module codeM-DMS-K1-5
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