Credits: 5

Schedule: 25.02.2019 - 12.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

assistant professor Jarkko Niiranen

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

1. Recognising possibilities, advantages and risks of applying advanced computational methods and simulation tools in engineering problems

2. Understanding of the theoretical foundations of the advanced finite element methods (FEM) applied in civil engineering

3. Understanding the main assumptions and features of specialized structural elements and analysis types

4. Ability to apply the most relevant advanced finite element methods in civil engineering by implementing well-structured programs for solving basic engineering problems

5. Ability to critically utilize advanced finite element software tools for the most typical civil engineering problems

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Week 1:
- Role of modern finite element techniques in engineering analysis
- Abstract formulation and accuracy of finite element methods
Week 2:
- Finite element methods for plates
Week 3:
- Finite element methods for shells
Weeks 4 and 5:
- Nonlinearities in finite element simulations
Weeks 6 and 7:
- Finite element methods for time dependent problems
- Finite element analysis of practical engineering designs

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

1. Theoretical home assignments: (returned according to weakly deadlines and) assessed weekly by the assistant (each problem by the scale 0–6).

2. Computer home assignments: (returned according to weakly deadlines and) assessed weekly by the assistant (primarily in exercises sessions, each problem by the scale 0–3).

3. Final exam: week 7 (each one of the three problems graded by the scale 0–6)

The final grade (0–5) is composed of the final examination (50%), and home assignments (theoretical 25%, computer 25%).

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Lectures: 2 double-hours per week (24)
- attending the lectures (pre-browsing, listening, writing notes, asking etc.

Reading: 2 double-hours per week (24)
- self-studies: reading and writing the derivations in the lecture slides and/or textbook

Theoretical Exercises: 1-2 double-hours per week (12-24)
- advice hours for theoretical, hands-n) exercises given by the assistant

Computer Exercises: 1 double-hour per week (12)
- advice sessions for software, hands-on exercises given by the assistant

Theoretical Home assignments: 2-4 hours per week (12-24)
- 2-4 per week
- self-studies for theoretical, hands-on exercises:
problem solving, calculating, writing solution documents

Computer Home assignments: 3 hours per week (18)
- self-studies for software, hands-on exercises: reading manuals, programming, modeling,
preparing solution plots

Final exam and preparation: 4 + 15 hours (19)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Primary course material:
- Lecture slides and assignments

Secondary course material:
1. T. J. R. Hughes: The Finite Element Method: Linear Static and Dynamic Finite Element Analysis, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1987
2. F. Hartmann (Author), Casimir Katz (Author): Structural Analysis with Finite Elements, 2nd Edition, Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2007
3. A. Öchsner, M. Merkel: One-Dimensional Finite Elements, An Introduction to the FE Method, Springer, 2013
4. J. N. Reddy: An Introduction to the Finite Element Method, McGraw-Hill Education, 2005
5. J. N. Reddy: An Introduction to Nonlinear Finite Element Method, Oxford University Press, 2004

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Course CIV-E1060 Engineering Computation and Simulation can be replaced by course Rak-54.3200 Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering.

Course Rak-54.3200 Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering can be replaced by course CIV-E1060 Engineering Computation and Simulation or CIV-E4010 Finite Element Methods in
Civil Engineering.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic courses of BSc level engineering mathematic, physics, computer science.

Common studies courses CIV-E1060 Engineering Computation and Simulation, CIV-E1020 Mechanics of Beam and Frame Structures, CIV-E1050 Heat and Mass Transfer in Buildings as well as CIV-E1030 Fundamentals of Structural Design.

Advanced studies course CIV-E4090 Mechanics of Plate and Shell Structures.

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