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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.

2021W, 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 units on October 5th, 2021 and October 12th, 2021 will be held as face-to-face-lectures at the university. The remaining units will take place online. Further details will be determined in the first lecture unit. The 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 programming skills are required. A short introduction for MATLAB is provided. Neithertheless, visiting the lecture Programmieren im Bauingenieurwesen Einführung und Grundlagen may help to learn the basic concepts needed for the course.

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 5, 2021 as face-to-face-lecture.



Course dates

Tue14:00 - 16:0005.10.2021 - 12.10.2021EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Präsenz-Vorlesung
Wed14:45 - 16:0020.10.2021 - 15.12.2021 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed10:00 - 12:0010.11.2021 siehe TUWEL (LIVE)Fragestunde - Einführung FEM und MATLAB
Wed10:00 - 12:0017.11.2021 siehe TUWEL (LIVE)Fragestunde - Interpolationsfunktionen
Wed10:00 - 12:0024.11.2021 siehe TUWEL (LIVE)Fragestunde - Elementsteifigkeitsmatrix
Wed10:00 - 12:0001.12.2021 siehe TUWEL (LIVE)Fragestunde - Lösung Element
Wed10:00 - 12:0015.12.2021 siehe TUWEL (LIVE)Fragestunde - Gesamtlösung
Wed10:00 - 12:0012.01.2022 siehe TUWEL (LIVE)Fragestunde - Abaqus 2D
Wed10:00 - 12:0019.01.2022 siehe TUWEL (LIVE)Fragestunde - Abaqus 3D
Finite Elements Methods - Single appointments
Tue05.10.202114:00 - 16:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Präsenz-Vorlesung
Tue12.10.202114:00 - 16:00EI 10 Fritz Paschke HS - UIW Präsenz-Vorlesung
Wed20.10.202114:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed27.10.202114:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed03.11.202114:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed10.11.202110:00 - 12:00 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Einführung FEM und MATLAB
Wed10.11.202114:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed17.11.202110:00 - 12:00 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Interpolationsfunktionen
Wed17.11.202114:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed24.11.202110:00 - 12:00 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Elementsteifigkeitsmatrix
Wed24.11.202114:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed01.12.202110:00 - 12:00 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Lösung Element
Wed01.12.202114:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed15.12.202110:00 - 12:00 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Gesamtlösung
Wed15.12.202114:45 - 16:00 siehe TUWELOnline-Vorlesung
Wed12.01.202210:00 - 12:00 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Abaqus 2D
Wed19.01.202210:00 - 12:00 siehe TUWELFragestunde - Abaqus 3D

Examination modalities

written exam (if necessary also oral exams)

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
13.09.2021 09:00 01.10.2021 23:55 01.10.2021 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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