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 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.


  • 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 using commercial finite element software.
  • Be able to conduct a systematic and critical assessment of analysis choices and obtained finite element results.


  • Be able to apply the concepts, theories and techniques covered in the area of linear and nonlinear finite element analysis on engineering problems using commercial software programs.
  • Be able to judge the opportunities and limitations of finite element simulations with regard to engineering problems.

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
Permitted aidsInformation about allowed helping aids for the examination will be published in the description of the semester/module.
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-ME-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 (Mechanical Engineering)
Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science