module title module code level of module year of study semester/trimester when the module is delivered


270 716 1st (U/G) 4th FALL
Name / e-mail of lecturer(s) Weekly Hours ECTS module type (comp., opt.) mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning)
Prof. Constantinos STERGIOU


Lect. Lab.
3 3 5 optional face to face
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learning outcomes The student gets a theoretical background on the structure of modern CAE-Systems as well as in the Finite Element Method. He gets familiar on producing the computational model, analyzing mechanical structures and evaluating the results.
prerequisites and co-requisites:
recommended optional programme components
module description
  • Introduction to Finite Element Analysis.
  • Types of Finite Elements (Beams, Shells, Tetrahedrals).
  • Meshing techniques.
  • Application of Constraints.
  • Application of Loading. Transformation of geometrical CAD-model to computational model.
  • Evaluating the FEA Results.
  • Optimization of structures.
  • During each LAB-session a number of exercises are given out and explained to students in order to get familiar in using modern CAD/CAE-systems.
recommended or required bibliography: Essential reading

Lecture Notes
Recommended Books & Journals

  1. Kunwoo Lee: Principles of CAD/CAM/CAE. 1999, Prentice Hall.
  2. Schlechtendahl, E.G : CAD Data Transfer for Solid Models. Springer, Heidelberg 1997.
  3. Sprur, G; Krause, F.L.: CAD-Technik. Muenchen: Hanser Verlag 1997.
  4. Faux, I.D.: Computational Geometry for Design and Manufacture. 1980, Ellis Horwood Ltd
  5. Graetz, J.F.: Handbuch der 3D-CAD-Technik. Modellierung mit 3D-Volumensystemen. SIEMENS AG 1989.
  6. Pahl, G.: Konstruieren mit 3D-CAD-Systemen, Grundlagen, Arbeitstechnik, Anwendungen. Springer Verlag 1990.
  7. Rodgers, D.F.; Adams, J.A.: Mathematical Elements for Computer Graphics. McGraw Hill, New York, 1987.
  8. Zeid, I.: CAD/CAM theory and practice. McGraw Hill, New York, 1991.
  9. Farin, G.: Curves and Surfaces for Computer Aided Geometric Design. Academic Design., Third Edition, 1993.
  10. Boehm, W.; Farin, G.: Computer Aided Geometric Design: Principles and Applications. Eurographics Seminar, 1991.
  11. Piegl, L.: Fundamental Developments in Computer Aided Geometric Design. Academic Press, 1993.
  12. Cook R., Plesha, M., Malkus D.: Concepts and Applications of Finite Element Analysis 2001. Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated.
  13. Müller G., Groth C.: FEM für Praktiker. Expert Verlag., Renningen 2002.
  14. Cook R.: Finite Element Modeling for Stress Analysis 1994. Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated.
  15. Buchanan G.: Schaum’s Outline of Finite Element Analysis 1994. McGraw-Hill Professional.
planned learning activities and teaching methods:
assessment methods and criteria: Class participation (0%)

Mock tests – Assignments (20%)

Final exam (40%)

Laboratory work (40%)

language of instruction: English


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