2021-2022 / MECA0036-2

Finite Element Method


26h Th, 26h Pr, 40h Proj.

Number of credits

 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Aerospace Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Biomedical Engineering5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering (EMSHIP+, Erasmus Mundus)5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Mechanical Engineering (EMSHIP+, Erasmus Mundus)5 crédits 
 Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering Physics5 crédits 


Jean-Philippe Ponthot

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The goal of this course is to learn develop both theoretical concepts as well as practical use of the method. Starting from the mechanical behavior of simple structures like pin jointed structures; fundamental concepts of the structural analysis are introduced. Subsequently, it is shown how the general elastic equations established in continuum mechanics can be discretized and how it is possible to obtain an approximate solution for these equations.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Being able to

  • Understand the fundamental theory of the finite elements
  • Develop skills to model the behavior of elastic structures
  • Use a commercial finite element software for structural analysis

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Mechanics of materials.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Exercises + computer project

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face to face + exercices + computer project.

Recommended or required readings

English version of the slides available via eCampus.

Assessment methods and criteria

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

Theory : written exam (50%) Exercises : written exam (20%) Computer project (30%)

The grade for the project is final.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

A priori, the teaching will be face-to-face, but of course this depends on the evolution of the Covid pandemic.


JP Ponthot JP.Ponthot@uliege.be