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**OVERVIEW**

The Finite Element Method (FEM) is a numerical and computer-based technique of solving a variety of practical engineering problems that arise in different fields. It is recognized by developers and users as one of the most powerful numerical analysis tools ever devised to analyze complex problems of engineering. The underlying theory of the method is now well established, with many books and courses providing adequate explanations of the theory. However, most people using the method, via commercial software or in-house codes, do not often understand the method as applied to engineering problems, especially in generating input data and interpreting the results.

**The course will involve detail tutorial sessions where several numerical examples will be solved to get an in depth understanding in to the fundamentals of Finite element Method.****The course will involve detailed programming sessions where the participants will be able to understand how to write finite element programs. source executable files will be given during tutorial sessions to understand the working of codes.**

**OBJECTIVES OF COURSE**

The major problem facing the engineering analyst contemplating the use of the technique lies in acquiring appropriate knowledge to provide assurance that the finite element model produced gives a reasonably reliable representation of the "

*real life*" problems being analyzed.This course is intended to provide engineers/scientists working in academia as well as in engineering industries with the theory of the finite element method and its use in the solution of problems from solid and structural mechanics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. The present course is designed to bridge the gap between the theoretical finite element knowledge and its industrial applications by providing sufficient insights into the relationship between the physical data (e.g., loads, boundary conditions, constitutive behavior, etc) and the finite element model. The course will also enable participants to be able to write their own finite element software. Participants are assumed to have knowledge of the basic principles of solid mechanics, heat transfer, and fluid mechanics. Some exposure to theory and/or applications of the finite element method is an advantage but not essential.

**PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS**

The course is aimed at engineers/scientists who are involved with modeling of problems involving structural elements, fluid flow, and heat transfer in commercial environment and who intend to use commercially available finite element packages to analyze their engineering problems. The course will also enable participants to be able to write their own FEM/ NLFEM software. Participants are assumed to have knowledge of the basic principles of structural mechanics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer. Some knowledge of the finite element method is an advantage, but not essential.

**BENEFITS OF ATTENDING THE COURSE**

Persons who have attended the course and followed the material should benefit in strengthening their background in the following areas:

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*strong*understanding of the formulation steps involved in the Linear and Nonlinear finite element model development of problems of solid and structural mechanics, and certain heat transfer and fluid flow problems. - Generation of finite element data (e.g., selection of elements and mesh, computation of nodal forces), imposition of boundary conditions, post-computation of stresses and strains, etc.), exploitation of problem symmetries, and interpretation and evaluation of the results.
- The ability to write a Nonlinear finite element computer module for a physical problem (e.g., user-specified subroutine for a commercial program).
- The ability to read and evaluate technical proposals/reports/papers on the Nonlinear finite element analysis of problems in engineering.
- The knowledge to teach the Nonlinear finite element analysis procedures to others.

**COURSE MATERIAL AND REFERENCE BOOK**

A copy of the overheads used in the presentation of the course will be provided as a part of the course material. The following finite element books are suggested as references:

1. J. N. Reddy,

*An Introduction to the Finite Element Method*, 3rd ed., McGraw-Hill, New York, 2006.

2.J. N. Reddy,

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*Introduction to Nonlinear Finite Element Analysis*, Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 2004.

3. J. N. Reddy and D. K. Gartling,

*The Finite Element Method in Heat Transfer and Fluid Dynamics*, 3rd ed., CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2010