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CE 538 - Finite Element Methods

[Cross-listed with MA 572, ME 515] This course is an introduction to the finite element method, from a mathematical as well as a modeling and applications point of view. The basic theory and implementation will be discussed in the context of continuum problems in linear elasticity, potential flow and plate modeling. If time permits, additional applications such as structures, electromagnetics, fluid mechanics, ground water and geotechnics will also be discussed. Topics include: weak formulations and the principle of virtual work, discretization and interpolation-function selection, assembly and solution of the system equations, error estimates and accuracy assessment. When taught in conjunction with CE 438/ME 453 the course requires additional independent work for those registered for the graduate course.Prerequisite: MA232, MA339, or MA330, ES222, ES330 and the ability to program. Consent of the instructor may be used to replace some prerequisites.
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