Displacement approach for simple elements in structural mechanics. Generalization to three-dimensional elements. Overview of the finite element method (FEM), variational principles, transformation, assembly, boundary conditions, solutions, convergence and stability. Isoparametric elements. Applications to solid mechanics, heat conduction and coupled problems. Pre- and post processing. Integration of FEM in Computer Aided Design.
Prerequisites: MENG 3505, ENGR 3202, CSCE 1001.
Course Outcomes Classify PDEs, and recognize elliptic BVPs in the abstract.