Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics

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  • 20 February 2017
    (10 days)
  • Delivered during the working week (Monday to Friday)

Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics

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Please note that this course is delivered over four weeks :

  • 20 February 2017:
    • All week
  • 27 February 2017:
    • Tuesday, 10:00-12:00
  • 6 March 2017:
    • All week
  • 13 March 2017:
    • Thursday, 10:00-12:00

The course will enable delegates to understand the fundamental principles of finite element technologies, to have an appreciation of some advanced aspects and to demonstrate their application through the solution of a number of simulations. The finite element method is described in the framework of structural mechanics, providing displacement, stress and strain solutions. The classical formulation of the finite element descriptions are used and applied to a number of benchmark problems. Detailed theoretical developments are also presented and assessed.

Course Objectives

The course will enable delegates to place the finite element method in the context of structural analysis, structural mechanics and other matrix-based approaches. The course provides:

  • an understanding of the concept of minimum potential energy and equilibrium in 3-D;
  • an introduction to the derivation of expressions describing the stiffness matrices and equivalent nodal load vectors for simple linear plane-stress finite elements;
  • an understanding of co-ordinate transformation and its use in the finite element method;
  • development of an understanding of more advanced concepts in structural analysis (plate bending, dynamics and vibrations) within the context of the finite element method;
  • development of an introductory understanding of non-linear problems, including geometric non-linearity and elastoplasticity;
  • an understanding of the significance, calculation and interpretation of numerical errors and convergence criteria.

Course Outline

  • Generic fundamentals;
  • Displacement-based elements for structural mechanics;
  • Co-ordinate transformation;
  • Bending of flat plates;
  • Numerical errors and convergence;
  • Shells;
  • Introduction to finite elements in dynamics and vibrations;
  • Stress-stiffening and buckling;
  • Introduction to some non-linear problems.

Update to course content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Who is the course aimed at?

The course provides an equal mix of theoretical basis and practical software applications. It is aimed at professionals interested in obtaining a thorough understanding of the fundamental theory underlying the finite element method, and applying the principles of the method to solve a number of structural mechanics problems.


School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences


  • Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics
    • £2150

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

[ Information about Cancellations ]

Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £350, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8309) on at least one of the School's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. Delegates will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

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