Finite Element Analysis (517H3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

Topics include:

  • introduction to finite-element modelling methods and software
  • preparation of the graphical interface
  • setting up a model
  • mesh generation
  • stress analysis
  • nodal analysis and dynamic modelling
  • interfacing with other packages and the use of exchangeable formats
  • checking a solution
  • debugging and validation of the modelling process.


100%: Practical (Laboratory)


100%: Coursework (Report)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.