ME 467 Finite Element Analysis with Applications

A first course in the finite element method that includes the solution of spring and truss structures using the stiffness method and the principle of minimum potential energy.  Subsequent study of beam, plane stress, plane strain, axisymmetric, plate, and solid elements.  Additional topics include theory of elasticity basics, mesh convergence, element interpolation functions, and element integration schemes.  Additional structural applications will include modal, buckling, thermal stress, and dynamic analyses.  Heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and nonlinear structural analyses applications will also be introduced.  Analyses will include the use of commercially available finite element software.  Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory, course meets four hours per week




ENGR 357, MATH 222, MATH 226. All with C- or higher.

General Education


  • Fall and Spring