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MAS207 Finite Element Method

Course description for academic year 2023/2024

Contents and structure

The finite element method (FEM) is a numerical method with a central position in strength and deformation calculations in structures. The method is also used to calculate flow, heat conduction, and other types of engineering problems.

Students will be able to make a simulation model and perform strength calculations with Creo Simulate, and Ansys.


The bearing forces, point load, evenly distributed loads, trusses, moment of inertia, stress types, safety factor, combined load effect, and optimization will be covered.

Learning Outcome

Upon completion of the course MAS207-Element Method (FEM), the student has the following qualifications:


  • Have knowledge of methods for building simulation models.
  • Have knowledge of how customer requirements, production requirements, and design requirements affect the structure of the models.
  • Know optimized and thereby environmentally friendly manufacturing methods and link these to the 3D modeling process.


  • Modeling with solid elements
  • Modeling with shell elements
  • Modeling with beam elements
  • Generate networks of nodes and elements
  • Deformation analysis
  • defining of boundary conditions and externally applied forces
  • Calculation of local stresses and deformations.


  • 3D-Modeling
  • Engineering’s Mechanics, Statics

Entry requirements

Approved compulsory work in MAS142 Statics and Solid Mechanics

Teaching methods

Lecture, Exercise, project

Compulsory learning activities

Project-based teaching consisting of the following parts:

  • 5 of 7 individual submissions must be approved by the deadline.

Detailed guidelines and deadlines will be announced at the start of the semester.

  • Approved compulsory submissions are valid for four semesters.


  • Part 1: Individual project assignment (counts 50% of the grade).

    Part 2: Oral individual exam (counts 50% of the grade).

    Both parts must be passed for the subject to be passed.

    Grade scale: A - E / F, where F does not correspond to pass

Examination support material


All aids are allowed

Oral exam:

No aids are allowed

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