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Syllabus for

Academic year
TME250 - Finite element method - solids  
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPAME
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department: 42 - APPLIED MECHANICS

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: A

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0112 Examination 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c   17 Jan 2015 pm M,  14 Apr 2015 am H   19 Aug 2015 pm V  

In programs

MPAME APPLIED MECHANICS, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Professor  Fredrik Larsson
Professor  Kenneth Runesson
Professor  Magnus Ekh

Course evaluation:


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Mechanics of solids TME235, Material mechanics MHA042, Finite element method ¿ structures TME245, or courses from other universities with the equivalent contents.


The aim is to provide the student with further understanding of the nature of the Finite Element Method (FEM), in particular its approximate character, and to provide extended skill in applying FEM to engineering problems related to solid mechanics. Hence, the course builds on knowledge acquired in continuum mechanics (mechanics of solid bodies), material modeling and the application of FEM to basic problems. Computer assignments play a key role as the means of implementing and assessing models and algorithms.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

- carry ut goal-oriented error computation for linear as well as nonlinear problems and construct adaptive methods
- establish FE-algorithms for advanced plasticity models, e.g. involving plastic anisotropy
- formulate mixed FE-methods
- formulate FE-methods for problems involving incompressibility (elasticity, viscous flow)
- formulate and solve non-standard FE-problems characterized by the coupling of several physical fields (poroelasticity, thermoelasticity, electroelasticity)


- Error control and adaptive methods
- Material modeling: anisotropy, crystal plasticity
- Contact of solid bodies
- Mixed methods, incompressible elasticity, Stokes' flow
- Multifield/coupled problems: poromechanics, thermomechanics, electromechanics


Lectures, computer lab classes


Lecture notes by course instructor(s)


Computer assignments (graded), seminar task and written
final exam

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