TMM4135 - Analysis and Assessment Based on the Finite Element Method, Basic Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
work 33/100
Written examination 67/100 4 hours D

Course content

Idealising of mechanical components. Boundary conditions. Element and system matrices for FE beams and plates. Compatible and non-compatible finite elements. Element requirements. Convergerce. Error estimate. Numerical integration. Isoparametric elements. Consistent load. Vibration. Heat transfer. Project assignment (weight 1/3): Modelling and analysis of mechanical products on the computer. Analysis result evaluation.

Learning outcome

Basic knowledge about structural design of mechanical systems.
Basic theory for the Finite Element Method. Formulations for finite elements for heat transfer and stress analysis.
Basic theory for dynamics and dynamic eigenvalue problems.

Perform stress analysis using The Finite Element Method and analysis tools such as NX Nastran. Formulate and solve simple frame structures using the finite element method and manual calculations. Make conclusions based on analysis results.

General competence:
Ability to report and present analyses, analysis results and conclusions.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, calculating problems, work in teams using FE-programs. Project teams are established at the beginning of the semester.

Further on evaluation

Portfolio assessment is the basis for the grade in the course. The portfolio includes a final written exam (67%) and compulsory project works (33%). The results for the parts are given in %-scores, while the entire portfolio is assigned a letter grade.
If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.
For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken.

Course materials

Information is given at the start of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
SIO2026 7.5
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 7

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering



Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD work 33/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Written examination 67/100 D
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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