Computational Methods in Materials Science

Part 1: Introduction to the Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

The UZWR is responsible for one of the three parts of the joint lecture "Computational Methods in Materials Science" for Students of International Master of Advanced Materials Science.  This first part consists of three lectures and three computer labs and is a basic introduction to the finite element method (FEM) and its practical usage taking the commercial FE package ANSYS. The course takes place each winter term.


Dr. Ulrich Simon
(Prof. Herr and Prof. Krill are the lecturers of the other two parts)

Schedule for WS 2018/19

DateThursday MorningThursday Afternoon
18.10.201810:15 - 11:45
Lecture FE 1 (Simon)
in regular room 45.2.102
13:30 - 15:45
Lab FE 1 (Simon)
in HH18 MAC-Pool
25.10.201810:15 - 12:30
Lab FE 2 (Simon)
in HH18 MAC-Pool
14:15 - 15:45
Lecture FE 2 (Simon)
in sem. room HH18 E20
01.11.2018- Holiday -- Holiday -

10:15 - 12:30
Lab FE 3 (Simon)
in HH18 MAC-Pool

14:15 - 15:45
Lecture FE 3 (Simon)
in sem. room HH18 E20

   HH18 E20 = Seminar room in Helmholtzstr. 18, room E.20
   HH18 MAC-Pool = Computer pool in Helmholtzstr. 18, room U.41


  1. General Introduction to FEA
  2. Mechanical Basics, Elastostatics, Material laws and properties
  3. Introduction to the FE theory based on a very simple 1D example

Handout of slides used for lectures (an update will come soon.

Computer Labs

The 3 FE labs will take place in our "MAC pool", Helmholtzstr. 18, room U.41.

Topics of the three FE labs are:

  1. Getting started with ANSYS. Example: Three point bending
  2. Mesh control, performing convergence analyses, specialized element types
  3. Advanced Material Models: Plasticity and Anisotropy

Lab Report

For this part of the course (regarding the FEM), students will be asked to hand in one lab report.  See the detailed instructions.

Due date is Dec, 24th, midnight.

See also

Course Pages from Prof. Krill (Institut für Funktionelle Nanosysteme) including the full schedule of lectures and labs.


Dr.-Ing. Ulrich Simon
Executive Manager
Helmholtzstraße 20
Room 1.44 (access via 1.41)
89081 Ulm

Phone +49 (0)731 50-31700
Fax +49 (0)731 50-31709