KT8215 - Nonlinear Static and Dynamic Analysis by the Finite Element Method


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral examination 100/100 45 minutes E

Course content

Stress and strain measrues for for large deformations. Updated and total Lagrangian formulations. Numerical implementation. Finite element semi-discretization and linearization of the equilibrium equations. Explicit and implicit solution methods. Continuation methods. Variational principles. Element technology. Contact and impact.

Learning outcome

The candidates should have knowledge and understanding of the theory of nonlinear finite element methods for quasi-static and dynamic problems. Knowledge: The candidates will understand the theoretical foundation of nonlinear finite element methods and how these methods are implemented numerically. Skills: The candidates will be able to derive and apply the fundamental equations nonlinear finite element methods and the algorithms for numerical implementation. They will also be able to perform nonlinear finite element simulations and critically evaluate the computed results. General competences: The candidates can apply advanced commercial nonlinear finite element software with a good understanding of the assumptions the software is based on. They can assess the quality of the simulation results. If necessary, they should be able to develop their own nonlinear finite element program. The students have a good basis for reading scientific articles within the subject. Furthermore, they are able to publish research at an international level, where use and development of nonlinear finite element software is central.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, study groups and project work. The teaching will be in English when students who do not speak Norwegian follow the course. In this case, examination papers will be given in English only but students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required.

Course materials

Lecture notes. Textbook: Ted Belytschko, Wing Kam Liu, Brian Moran, Khalil Elkhodary, Nonlinear Finite Elements for Continua and Structures, 2nd Edition, 2013 (ISBN: 978-1-118-63270-3).

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Structural Engineering


Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100 E
Room Building Number of candidates
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