Memorial University of Newfoundland

Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science


Engineering: 9501

Finite Element Analysis with Engineering Applications

Instructor: Dr. Seshu M.R. Adluri

Office: EN 3044 (S.J. Carew Bldg.)

Contact: 2:00-3:00 p.m., Monday & Wednesday



Course Outline:

  • Introduction
    1. Quick review of basic concepts

Review of matrix concepts such as differentiation, solutions, etc., Springs, deformations, equilibrium, strain energy, total potential, minimization, basic relationships between displacements, deformations, strains, stresses, forces, etc.

  • Basics of Stiffness Formulation
    1. Direct stiffness method and flexibility method
    2. Direct Development of Bars, Beams, pipe flow, heat transfer, electrical and other 1-D elements.
  • Automated Analysis
    1. Implementation issues, modeling concepts, numerical techniques, error analysis
    2. Computer implementation, Labs
  • Variational, Equilibrium and Potential Energy formulations
    1. Introduction to variational principles and examples for multivariable systems
    2. Solid mechanics problems -governing equations and matrix methods
    3. Field problems
  • Solution techniques
    1. Rayleigh-Ritz, Galerkin and other methods
  • Higher Order Elements
    1. Two dimensional elements
    2. Problems in Solid mechanics, Heat transfer and Fluids
    3. Iso-parametric formulations
    4. Introduction to 3-D elements, dynamics, etc.
    5. Introduction to Non-linear Analysis


Assessment Procedure:



Midterm Examination I


Term Paper / Project


Final Examination




  • Bathe, K-J., 1996. "Finite Element Procedures," Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ.
  • Logan, D.L., 2010. "A First Course in the Finite Element Method," Fourth Ed., Thomson Pub. Co.
  • Reddy, J.N., 1993. "An Introduction to the Finite Element Method," Second Ed., McGraw-Hill, Inc., New York, NY.
  • Segerlind, L.J., “Applied Finite Element Analysis,” Wiley Publ.
  • Additional references might be given during class.



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The lectures and displays (and all material) delivered or provided in this course, including any visual or audio recording thereof, are subject to copyright owned by the instructor for the course (Dr. Seshu Adluri).  Other copyrights may also be applicable. It is prohibited to record or copy by any means, in any format, openly or surreptitiously, in whole or in part, in the absence of express written permission from the instructor, Dr. Seshu Adluri any of the lectures, materials provided or published in any form during or from the above course.