Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Advanced Finite Element Analysis

Degree programme Mechatronics
Subject area Engineering Technology
Type of degree Master
Winter Semester 2023
Course unit title Advanced Finite Element Analysis
Course unit code 024612030401
Language of instruction German, English
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Compulsory optional
Teaching hours per week 4
Year of study 2023
Level of the course / module according to the curriculum
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6
Name of lecturer(s) Franz-Josef FALKNER, Johannes STEINSCHADEN
Requirements and Prerequisites

Finite Element Analysis

Course content

Various non-linear phenomena are dealt with. Examples are drawn from the behaviour of materials, such as plasticity, creep and fatigue; or from geometrical non-linearity, such as second order theory and large deformations; but also from non-linearity as a result of boundary conditions. Procedures for solving both time-independent and time-dependent problems are also covered. Adaptive meshing for special analyses is presented.

Learning outcomes

Students are able to handle phenomena with non-linear behaviour or non-linear solution procedures. They can carry out, verify and analyse simulations for various problems through the appropriate selection of solution algorithms.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Seminar and assignment

Assessment methods and criteria

Written or oral exam (50%)

Project (50%)

For a positive grade, a minimum of 50% of the possible points must be achieved across all parts of the examination.


Not applicable

Recommended or required reading
  • Bathe, Klaus-Jürgen (2002): Finite-Elemente-Methoden. Berlin: Springer.
  • Zienkiewicz, Olek C.; Taylor, Robert L.; Zhu, J. Z. (2005): The Finite Element Method: Its Basis and Fundamentals. 6th Ed. Amsterdam: Butterworth-Heinemann.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face. Attendance optional.