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spring 2019

STE6291 Finite Element Methods, Programming - 2.5 ECTS

Sist endret: 30.08.2019

The course is provided by

Faculty of Engineering Science and Technology


Narvik |

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 December
Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October

Type of course

The course may be taken as a single subject.

Admission requirements

A relevant undergraduate bachelor Engineering programme with minimum 30 credits Mathematics/statistics topics

Recommended prerequisite knowledge: 

SMN6203 PDE and the finite element method

SMN6191 Numerical methods

Application code: 9371

Course content

Finite element methods for partial differential equations. The course consists of the following topics:
  • Representation of complex grometry
  • data structures,
  • mesh generation,
  • basis functions,
  • Building a stiffness matrix ,
  • the load vector,
  • a solver.

Recommended prerequisites

SMN6191 Numerical Methods, SMN6203 PDE and the Finite Element Method

Objectives of the course

On completion of the course the successful student is expected to have the following:

  • Knowledge Be able to describe in words, the central terminology, definitions, ideas, results, and methods used in FEM programming (K1, K2).
  • Skills Be able to use the knowledge to make a simple implementation and to analyse and prepare a general implementation (S1).
  • General competence Know that numerical calculations based on theoretical analysis of the finite element method can be a tool in the study of partial differential equations and simulation, and use the relevant terminology to communicate about the results. (GC2).

Language of instruction


Teaching methods

Individual mandatory tasks and/ or projects.


Form of assessment: Oral exam
Grouping: Individual
Grading will be done by using A-F grading scale, F is Fail.

Date for examination

Oral 06.03.2019

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced in the StudentWeb early in May and early in November.


Recommended reading/syllabus

A. Ern and J.-L. Guermond. Theory and practice of finite elements. Springer-Verlag, 2004.

Additional information:
GMlib will be used as a base.