Finite Element Methods

    Overview of numerical methods; Finite Elements for 2D trusses, beams, 2D and 3D continua; Matrix methods (force and displacement method); Stiffness matrix for springs, rods, 2D trusses, bending of beams, 2D elastic continua; Mass matrices for dynamic analysis; Triangle element, higher order (quadratic and cubic) displacement functions; Quadrilateral elements (Lagrange and serendipity elements); Isoparametric elements; Elements for 3D analysis (tetrahedron, cube). The course will include the use of non-commercial and/or commercial software.