Dissemination of IT for the Promotion of Materials Science (DoITPoMS)



On completion of this TLP you should:

  • Understand the basics of the finite element method
  • Be familiar with the concepts of nodes, elements and discretisation
  • Understand the direct stiffness method
  • Be able to construct an element stiffness matrix and a global stiffness matrix for 1-dimensional elements
  • Appreciate the importance of boundary conditions
  • Understand shape (interpolation) functions for 1-dimensional elements
  • Understand the difference between linear and non-linear static finite element problems
  • Be familiar with some common reasons for non-convergence