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Finite Element Method, 2014
This is an introductory to finite elements offered by the Department of Civil n!ineerin!" #ational
Tai\$an %niversity. The finite element method has been coined as the most useful tool for solvin!
en!ineerin! problems !overned by partial differential e&uations. The contents are vast and the
commercial pro!rams are sophisticated. 't is thus impetus (and sometimes difficult) to cover the
important aspects of the method. This course is offered to !uide you throu!h the mathematical and
al!ebraic basis of the method and help you to ac&uire hands(on e)perience on pro!rammin! the
method as \$ell as to use the commercial pro!ram to solve en!ineerin! problems.
Course Objective
*earn the basic theory and formulation for finite elements (+) \$ith hands(on e)perience on
+ pro!rammin! (,-T*-.) and + commercial pro!ram (-.-/%0).
Teaching and Learning Rationale
Three(hour \$ee1ly lectures \$ill be !iven to facilitate your learnin! of basic theory and
formulation for +. 2ou \$ill need \$or1in! 1no\$led!e on elementary n!ineerin! ,echanics
and n!ineerin! ,athematics to comprehend the contents. Comprehensive lecture notes \$ill
be released a fe\$ days3\$ee1s before the class and you are STRONGLY encoura!ed to !o
throu!h the contents before attendin! the class.
T\$o(hour \$ee1ly lab \$ill be offered for hands(on e)perience on ,-T*-. pro!rammin! and
on usin! -.-/%0" a \$idely used commercial + pro!ram. 4rior 1no\$led!e on ,-T*-.
pro!rammin! is not re&uired (but helpful). 5ne very uni&ue feature \$e \$ill do is to \$rite a
parser to parse the input records from -.-/%0 and do analysis both in your o\$n ,-T*-.
codes and in -.-/%0. 6e thin1 this uni&ue feature \$ill help you not only to unveil the blac1
bo) of -.-/%0 but also to !ive you a !reat confidence on your o\$n + pro!rammin!.
7ome\$or1 and lab assi!nments \$ill be !iven in a re!ular basis and \$e e)pect that you \$ill in
!eneral spend about 8 hours after the class to complete these assi!nments every \$ee1.
Hours
*ecture9 0!0 : 1210" Tuesday"

102.
*ab9 !""0 : 1400" Thursday"

110 and 212.
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#nstructor and Teaching \$ssistants %T\$s&
'nstructor
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Te'tboo(
#o re&uired te)tboo1. Course materials can be accessed from course \$ebsite via the lo!in pa!e
of the C'.- system https933ceiba.ntu.edu.t\$. 6e e)pect that you print and study the materials
before attendin! the class and the lab. 2ou should -*6-20 brin! the course materials \$ith
you \$hen attendin! the class and the lab.
Course )ebsite
2ou should access the course materials from course \$ebsite via the lo!in pa!e of the C'.-
system https933ceiba.ntu.edu.t\$. +or those \$ho \$ould li1e to audit (

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References
+inite lement +ormulation (elementary levels)
1. +ish" B. and .elytsch1o" T." A First Course in Finite Elements" 6iley" 200? (e+access available
from NT, )ile- subscri.tion).
2. *iu" E; and /ue1" 00" Finite Element Method, A Practical Course" .utter\$orth(7einemann"
200>.
>. ;eddy" B." An Introduction to the Finite Element Method" ,cEra\$(7ill" 2008.
4. Coo1" ;.D." ,al1us" D.0." 4lesha" ,.." and 6itt" ;. B." Concepts and Applications of Finite
Element Analysis" 4th d." Bohn 6iley F 0ons" #e\$ 2or1" 2002.
8. 5nate ." Structural Analysis with the Finite Element Method: Linear Statics, Volume !asis
and Solids" 0prin!er" 200= (e+access available from NT, S.ringer subscri.tion).
<. 5nate ." Structural Analysis with the Finite Element Method: Linear Statics, Volume " !eams,
Plates, and Shells" 0prin!er" 201>.
1. .athe" C.B." Finite Element Procedures" 2
nd
d." 4rentice 7all" 1==<.
2. Gien1ie\$icH" 5.C." and Taylor" ;.*." #he Finite Element Method, Volume : #he !asis\$ Volume
": Solid Mechanics\$ Volume %: Fluid &ynamics, 8
th
d." .utter\$orth(7einemann" 2000. (1440
pp.@ no\$ <
th
dition)
>. 7u!hes" T.B.;." #he Finite Element Method, Linear Static and &ynamic Finite Element Analysis"
1=8?.
,-T*-. and +inite lement 4ro!rammin!
1. 7i!ham" D. and 7i!ham" #." MA#LA! 'uide, Second Edition" 0'-," 2008.
2. +erreira" -B," MA#LA! Codes for Finite Element Analysis" 0prin!er" 2008 (e+access available
from NT, S.ringer subscri.tion).
20I 7ome\$or1
28I *ab -ssi!nment
18I ,idterm e)amination (concepts and derivations)
10I ,idterm e)amination (pro!rammin!)
20I +inal e)amination (concepts and derivations)
10I +inal e)amination (pro!rammin!)
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Honor Code
6e e)pect any \$or1 you submit /,ST be your o\$n \$or1.
( 6hen you !et stuc1 at some points" it is perfectly normal. 0O as( the course staff for
hel.1
( 0O NOT consult any \$or1 from others.
( #T% policies on cheatin! \$ill be enforced so 0O NOT ma1e the bad decision.
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Course Schedule
%for reference onl-2 -ou should consult the course 3ebsite for u.date&
6ee1 Date Content ;emar1
1 02318
'ntroduction to +inite lements
+undamental Concept in +inite lement
+ormulation (13>)
2 02328
+undamental Concept in +inite lement
+ormulation (23>)
,-T*-. 'ntroduction (13>)9 .asics
and ,atrices
761
2 0232?
*ab 0tarts
*ab19 ,-T*-. ,athematics
*ab1
> 0>304
+undamental Concept in +inite lement
+ormulation (>3>)
,-T*-. 'ntroduction (23>)9 0cripts
and +unctions
762
> 0>30<
*ab29 ,-T*-. 4ro!rammin!
*ab2
4 0>311
+undamental Concept in +inite lement
+ormulation (>3>)
1D +inite lement +ormulation (13>)
,-T*-. 'ntroduction (>3>)9 ,ore on
+unctions" Eraphics" ,iscellany
76>
4 0>31>
*ab>9 ,-T*-. 4ro!rammin!
*ab>
8 0>318
1D +inite lement +ormulation (23>)
764
8 0>31=
*ab49 1D +inite lement ,-T*-.
4ro!rammin!
*ab4
< 0>328
1D +inite lement +ormulation (>3>)
768
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*inear lasticity and 2D T> +inite
lement +ormulation (13>)
< 0>32?
*ab89 1D +inite lement ,-T*-.
4ro!rammin!
*ab8
? 04301
*inear lasticity and 2D T> +inite
lement +ormulation (23>)
7appy 0prin! .rea1
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8 04308
*inear lasticity and 2D T> +inite
lement +ormulation (>3>)
76<
8 04311
*ab<9 2D T> +inite lement ,-T*-.
4ro!rammin!
*ab<
= 04318
/idterm 4'am (Concepts and
Derivations" 5pen 4rinted Documents)
= 0431?
/idterm 4'am (,-T*-.
4ro!rammin!)
10 04322
-.-/%0 Tutorial
2D 'soparametric +ormulation (134)
76?
10 04324
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*ab?
11 0432=
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2D 'soparametric +ormulation (234)
768
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12 0830<
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7appy ,otherJs Day
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12 08308
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2D 'soparametric +ormulation (434)
76=
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14 08320
2D 'soparametric +ormulation (434)
7610
14 08322
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18 0832?
>D 'soparametric +inite lements (132)
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>D 'soparametric +inite lements (232)
rror stimate and Conver!ence of +
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7ermite Cubic 'nterpolation
( 0<31?
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5pen 4rinted Documents)
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and -.-/%0)
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