IP500415 - CAE - Computer Aided Engineering


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Approved report 40/100
Oral examination 60/100 E

Course content

Numerical approximation of solid mechanic equations for structural analyis using the finite element method;

Strength assessment: linear elastic, vibration, buckling, nonlinear geometry, nonlinear material model, optimization.

Learning outcome

After completed the course, the student shall have knowledge CAE modeling methods and the theoretic background. The student will have knowledge on the theory of finite element method, mesh convergence studies, validation and verification of finite element models.

The student shall be able to:
1. Make 3D CAD models of various structures and structural elements.
2. Derive an equivalent finite element model, including the appropriate boundary conditions.
3. Carry out the numerical solution process.
4. Understand and conclude from the analysis results.

General Competence:
The student will be able to assess any given structural engineering problem (strength analysis), create an equivalent computer model, run a CAE simulation and interpret the results.

Learning methods and activities

Classroom lectures;

Guided training in the use of CAE software;

Homework assignments;

Compulsory assignments

  • 6 of 8 assignments
  • Project Report

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment: The portfolio includes an oral exam (60%) and a project report (40%).
Requirements for access to exam: A project report and 3/4 of the exercises have to be approved.
Re-sit examination: Students are entitled to re-sit the exam if they have legitimate reasons for absence, or have failed. The re-sit exam for the exam is an oral exam.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Naval Architecture (850MD)
Naval Architecture (850ME)
Product and System Design (840MD)
Product and System Design (845ME)

Required previous knowledge

Solid mechanics

Course materials

Lecture notes and tutorials;

Onate: Structural Analysis with the Finite Element Method Vol. 1: Linear Statics;

Onate: Structural Analysis with the Finite Element Method Vol. 2: Beams, Plates and Shells;

Blaauwendraad: Plates and FEM

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

Language of instruction: English

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Product Design
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Approved report 40/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 60/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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