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.

2020W, VU, 3.0h, 4.0EC


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

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

This lecture will be held in a hybrid manner. The first lecture unit on 07.10.2020 will be held as face-to-face at the university. The remaining units will take place online, probably every Wednesday from 14:00-16:00. Further details will be determined in the first lecture unit. The first exercise unit will also be held as attendance date. All other exercise units will be made available through TUWEL as recorded lectures. For each unit there will be a question and answer session via Zoom.

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. 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 7, 2020.



Course dates

Wed14:00 - 16:0007.10.2020HS 18 Czuber - UIW Vorlesung
Wed14:45 - 16:0014.10.2020 - 16.12.2020 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Fri10:00 - 12:0006.11.2020HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky BI Übung
Wed10:00 - 12:0011.11.2020 siehe TUWELFragestunde - MATLAB
Wed10:00 - 12:0018.11.2020 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Interpolationsfunktionen
Wed10:00 - 12:0002.12.2020 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Elementsteifigkeitsmatrix
Wed10:00 - 12:0009.12.2020 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Lösung Element
Wed10:00 - 12:0016.12.2020 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Gesamtlösung
Wed10:00 - 12:0013.01.2021 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Abaqus 2D
Wed10:00 - 12:0020.01.2021 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Abaqus 3D
Finite Elements Methods - Single appointments
Wed07.10.202014:00 - 16:00HS 18 Czuber - UIW Vorlesung
Wed14.10.202014:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed21.10.202014:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed28.10.202014:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed04.11.202014:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Fri06.11.202010:00 - 12:00HS 7 Schütte-Lihotzky BI Übung
Wed11.11.202010:00 - 12:00 siehe TUWELFragestunde - MATLAB
Wed11.11.202014:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed18.11.202010:00 - 12:00 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Interpolationsfunktionen
Wed18.11.202014:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed25.11.202014:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed02.12.202010:00 - 12:00 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Elementsteifigkeitsmatrix
Wed02.12.202014:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed09.12.202010:00 - 12:00 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Lösung Element
Wed09.12.202014:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed16.12.202010:00 - 12:00 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Gesamtlösung
Wed16.12.202014:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed13.01.202110:00 - 12:00 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Abaqus 2D
Wed20.01.202110:00 - 12:00 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Abaqus 3D

Examination modalities

written exam (if necessary also oral exams)


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Tue14:00 - 16:0026.01.2021HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL written07.01.2021 12:00 - 21.01.2021 12:00TISSPrüfung
Mon - 01.03.2021HS 13 Ernst Melan - RPL written08.02.2021 12:00 - 22.02.2021 12:00TISSPrüfung

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
14.09.2020 09:00 02.10.2020 23:55 02.10.2020 23:55

Registration modalities:

Registration is required for the lecture.


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


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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