202.660 Finite Element Methods 2
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VU, 3.0h, 4.0EC


  • Semester hours: 3.0
  • Credits: 4.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

- derivations of various structural elements according to the structural theories,

- selection of suitable structural elements, taking into account their mechanical properties and theoretical foundations for simulating mechanical tasks,

- recognize causes of numerical problems (e.g. shear-locking, volumetric-locking) and use ways to fix them,

- recognize causes of non-linearities and apply different solution methods for non-linear problems,

- to use the finite element methods for other stationary field problems,

- to review the theory of plasticity and linear elastic fracture mechanics.

Subject of course

Derivations of structural elements for various plate and shell theories in relation to finite element methods are discussed, conveying the theoretical basics and their application limits. Causes of various numerical problems (e.g. shear-locking and volumetric-locking) including ways to solve them, as well as causes of non-linearity and different solution methods for non-linear simulation are discussed.

The course content consists of the following topics:

- Rotationally symmetrical structures under non-rotationally symmetrical loading

- Plates based on the Reissner-Mindlin plate theory

- shells

- stationary field problems (e.g. heat conduction, flow, etc.)

- Nonlinear finite element methods

- Theory of plasticity

- Linear elastic fracture mechanics

- Linear elastic dynamics

Teaching methods

Derivations of structural elements for various plate and shell theories in relation to finite element methods are discussed, conveying the theoretical basics and their application limits. In addition, the application of the finite element program "ABAQUS" is practiced within the framework of exercises.


Mode of examination


Additional information

Assignment in the master’s degree in civil engineering (study reference number: 066 505):

- Module 2 of the examination subject: Structural Engineering - Theory and Simulation (M2)

- Module 3 of the examination subject: supplementary training (M3)

The course takes place in presence mode. The exchange of information between the lecturer and the students takes place via the TUWEL course of the course. In order to gain access to the TUWEL course from the start of the semester, a non-binding electronic registration in the TISS is required. The preliminary meeting will take place on March 4, 2024 from 10 a.m. in seminar room 8.

Documents will be made available via the TUWEL course. This includes the examination regulations, the script, the presentation slides on the theoretical basics, the presentation slides on the exercises, the catalog of questions for the oral examination, instructions for the exercises, video clips to explain the exercises, etc.

exam mode

The prerequisite for admission to the oral examination from Finite Element Methods 2 VU is the positive completion of VU 202.653 Finite Element Methods. Exams from Finite Element Methods 2 consist of an exercise part and an oral part. In order to successfully complete the course, both parts of the examination must be passed. The exercise part consists of the exercise lectures and exercises. After the exercise lectures, data sheets with two sample calculations are to be downloaded from TUWEL and processed with the "ABAQUS" program. At the end of the elaboration period, the Abaqus input files must be uploaded to the TUWEL course of the course. In the oral exams, particular importance is attached to understanding the subject matter, a profound conceptual overview of theoretical basics and the accurate use of specialist vocabulary, see the exam regulations: https://www.imws.tuwien.ac.at/lehre/pruefungen/ examination regulations.

Oral exams are held as face-to-face exams in the lecture hall. Required technical equipment for participation in the course: A laptop with the "ABAQUS" program installed is required to work on the exercises.

certificate of achievement

The proof of performance of the course Finite Element Methods 2 is regulated under "Examination mode" and in the examination regulations, see https://www.imws.tuwien.ac.at/lehre/pruefungen/pruefungsordnungen/. The proof of performance for the face-to-face course corresponds to the proof of performance for the online course.



Course dates

Mon10:00 - 13:0004.03.2024 - 24.06.2024Seminarraum 8 VU
Finite Element Methods 2 - Single appointments
Mon04.03.202410:00 - 13:00Seminarraum 8 VU
Mon11.03.202410:00 - 13:00Seminarraum 8 VU
Mon18.03.202410:00 - 13:00Seminarraum 8 VU
Mon08.04.202410:00 - 13:00Seminarraum 8 VU
Mon15.04.202410:00 - 13:00Seminarraum 8 VU
Mon22.04.202410:00 - 13:00Seminarraum 8 VU
Mon29.04.202410:00 - 13:00Seminarraum 8 VU
Mon06.05.202410:00 - 13:00Seminarraum 8 VU
Mon13.05.202410:00 - 13:00Seminarraum 8 VU
Mon27.05.202410:00 - 13:00Seminarraum 8 VU
Mon03.06.202410:00 - 13:00Seminarraum 8 VU
Mon10.06.202410:00 - 13:00Seminarraum 8 VU
Mon17.06.202410:00 - 13:00Seminarraum 8 VU
Mon24.06.202410:00 - 13:00Seminarraum 8 VU

Examination modalities

both exercise part and an oral part




DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Mon15:00 - 16:0029.04.2024Seminarraum AE U1 - 5 oral19.04.2024 00:00 - 27.04.2024 00:00TISSFEM2
Mon10:00 - 13:0024.06.2024Seminarraum 8 oral01.06.2024 00:00 - 21.06.2024 00:00TISSFEM 2
Fri10:00 - 12:0012.07.2024Seminarraum AA 02 – 1 oral01.06.2024 00:00 - 10.07.2024 00:00TISSFEM 2

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
08.01.2024 00:00 25.03.2024 23:59 25.03.2024 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 505 Civil Engineering Science Mandatory elective


Lecture notes are available in the TUWEL course.

Previous knowledge

Previous knowledge: Strenght of Materials, Structural Analysis and  Finite Element Methods

Preceding courses

Continuative courses