202.653 Finite Elements Methods
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2019W, VU, 3.0h, 4.0EC


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

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to derive the basic equations of the finite element method, to discuss relationships between key parameters and to competently evaluate the results of finite element calculations.



Subject of course

Capacity of FEM; equations of motion for finite elements; shell elements; numeric integration; MATLAB-codes for FEM; commercial codes for FEM

Teaching methods

Structured lectures based on Powerpoint presentations, in coordination with the existing written teaching materials. Program implementation of a small finite element code. Application examples with commercial finite element software.

Mode of examination


Additional information

Due to the increasing interest in this lecture and simultaneous limited human and room resources, this lecture is prior offered to master students, whom may sign in with mid of august. An approval for bachelor students is possible with mid of september (Sept 16,2019, 09:00), if free places are still available. Please note that registering for the course is indispensible.

For the exercises basic computation skills using MATLAB are required. A short introduction for MATLAB is provided. Neithertheless, visiting the lecture Programmieren im Bauingenieurwesen Einführung und Grundlagen (see accompagnied LVA) is recommended.

Assignment to masters programme Civil Engineering (code: 066 505):
Modulus 1 of specialization "Theorie und Simulation";
Modulus 3 of other specialization programs.

 The first Lecture will be on October 10, 2019.



Course dates

Tue14:00 - 16:0001.10.2019 - 14.01.2020HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung
Finite Elements Methods - Single appointments
Tue01.10.201914:00 - 16:00HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung
Tue08.10.201914:00 - 16:00HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung
Tue15.10.201914:00 - 16:00HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung
Tue22.10.201914:00 - 16:00HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung
Tue29.10.201914:00 - 16:00HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung
Tue05.11.201914:00 - 16:00HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung
Tue12.11.201914:00 - 16:00HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung
Tue19.11.201914:00 - 16:00HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung
Tue26.11.201914:00 - 16:00HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung
Tue03.12.201914:00 - 16:00HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung
Tue10.12.201914:00 - 16:00HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung
Tue17.12.201914:00 - 16:00HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung
Tue07.01.202014:00 - 16:00HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung
Tue14.01.202014:00 - 16:00HS 13 Ernst Melan Vorlesung

Examination modalities

written exam (if necessary also oral exams)


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Tue14:00 - 16:0026.01.2021HS 13 Ernst Melan written07.01.2021 12:00 - 21.01.2021 12:00TISSPrüfung
Mon13:00 - 15:0001.03.2021HS 13 Ernst Melan written08.02.2021 12:00 - 22.02.2021 12:00TISSPrüfung

Group dates

0. Einführung FEMThu15:00 - 17:0024.10.2019HS 18 Czuber 202.653 Finite Elements Methods 0. Einführung FEM
1. Einführung MatlabWed10:00 - 12:0006.11.2019BI EDV-Lehrraum Exercise Matlab
2. Matlab - InterpolationsfunktionenWed10:00 - 12:0013.11.2019BI EDV-Lehrraum Exercise Matlab
3. Matlab - ElementsteifigkeitsmatrixWed10:00 - 12:0020.11.2019BI EDV-Lehrraum 202.653 Finite Elements Methods Gruppe A
4. Matlab - Lösung ElementWed10:00 - 12:0004.12.2019BI EDV-Lehrraum 202.653 Finite Elements Methods 4. Matlab - Lösung Element
5. Matlab - GesamtlösungWed10:00 - 12:0011.12.2019BI EDV-Lehrraum 202.653 Finite Elements Methods 5. Matlab - Gesamtlösung
6. Abaqus 2DWed09:00 - 12:0008.01.2020BI EDV-Lehrraum 202.653 Finite Elements Methods 6. Abaqus 2D
7. Abaqus 3DWed09:00 - 12:0015.01.2020BI EDV-Lehrraum 202.653 Finite Elements Methods 7. Abaqus 3D

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
16.09.2019 09:00 04.10.2019 23:55 04.10.2019 23:55

Registration modalities:

Registration is required for the lecture as well as for each exercise. For each exercise unit, two dates are available due to limited room capacity.


The student has to be enrolled for at least one of the studies listed below

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
0. Einführung FEM08.10.2019 16:0024.10.2019 12:00
1. Einführung Matlab24.10.2019 19:0005.11.2019 18:00
2. Matlab - Interpolationsfunktionen06.11.2019 12:0012.11.2019 18:00
3. Matlab - Elementsteifigkeitsmatrix13.11.2019 12:0019.11.2019 18:00
4. Matlab - Lösung Element20.11.2019 12:0003.12.2019 18:00
5. Matlab - Gesamtlösung04.12.2019 12:0010.12.2019 18:00
6. Abaqus 2D11.12.2019 12:0007.01.2020 18:00
7. Abaqus 3D08.01.2020 12:0014.01.2020 18:00


Study CodeSemesterPrecon.Info
066 505 Civil Engineering Science


Lecture notes for this course are available and will be distributed via TUWEL.

Zienkiewicz, O. C., and Taylor, R. L.: The Finite Element Method, Fifth Ed., Volume 1 - 3, Butterworth Heinemann, 2000

Bathe, K. J.: Finite Elemente Methoden, Springer-Verlag, 1986

Accompanying courses

Continuative courses


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