Unit I

Introduction. Illustration using spring systems and simple problems. Weighted residual methods. Galerkin's method. Variational approach. Rayleigh-Ritz method.

Unit II

One dimensional finite element analysis. Bar element. Beam element. Frame element. Heat transfer problems.

Unit III

Two dimensional finite element analysis. Types of elements. Shape functions. Natural coordinate systems.

Unit IV

Applications to structural mechanics. Numerical integration. Solution of finite element equations.

Unit V

Fluid flow problems. Dynamic problems.


1. Seshu, P., Textbook of Finite Element Analysis, Prentice-Hall India, 2003.
2. Segerlind, L.J., Applied Finite Element Analysis, John Wiley, 1987.