Finite Element Analysis (517H3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

We will look at:

  • Theory and practical applications of the finite element (FE) methods.
  • Beam, shell, and solid FEs, use of symmetry, formulation and solution of static, modal and dynamic analysis problems.
  • Introduction to FE modelling methods and software (ANSYS).
  • Using the graphical interface, setting up FE models, mesh generation, solving and postprocessing the results.


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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: