
Optional class
Mathematics of the Finite Element MethodAndreas Stahel


Berner Fachhochschule University of Applied Sciences Biel School of Engineering and Architecture 




Objectives Content of course Documentation Language Comments 
ObjectivesIn this optional class the mathematical foundation of the Finite Element Method (short FEM) will examined. A few sample problems will be solved to illustrate the method. Students will learn how the differents steps are implemented in a programming language.
Content of courseThe finite element method can be used to find solution to a great variety of problems: conduction of heat, elasticity, electric and magnet fields, fluid flow problems and many more. This course will present the mathematical foundation of the Finite Element Method. We examine the theory with the help of a few sample problems. These presented algorithms will be implemented in a programming language and the resulting code is presented in class. More complex problems can be solved with the PDE toolbox of Matlab.The keywords below indicate the topics to be covered
DocumentationExtensive lecture notes will be handed out. The notes are written in English.
Language to be used in classThe language is to be chosen by the participants. The options are: English, French or German. The use of multiple languages is possible.CommentsCompared to previous years the mathematical requirements of the course are lowered and more concrete examples are considered.This class is particularly useful for students using the CAD system at Biel School of Engineering and Architecture. The class does not depend on knowledge of the CAD system. If questions arise contact the instructor by email


Last modification: 
May 13, 2000  
Author: 
Andreas Stahel Andreas.Stahel@htabi.bfh.ch 