LAUCE 2125 · Finite Elements for StructuresWinter 2015 · Universite catholique de Louvain

LECTURES: 
Monday 10:4512:15, Euler Building 
INSTRUCTOR: 
Prs. JeanFrancois Remacle,
Euler Building Office hours: By appointment. 
MAIN THEMES 
Variational principles in structural mechanics,
classical theory of finite elements for structures: Trusses (2D and
3D), Frames (2D and 3D), Plates and shells, Plane stress and plane strains.
More advanced material will eventually be covered: elastoplastic modelling of frames, structural instabilities, modelling of brittle materials, lage displacements in structures...
A computer project will be assigned to students that will consist in the development of a finite element code for a specific type of structure. The code will have to deal with inputs and outputs, including a graphical user interface. Prerequisite: Some programming experience in C or C++ is required. 
ASSIGNEMENT: 
A computer program will have to be developed by groups of maximum 2 students. The aim of the code will be to develop a fast Delaunay triangulation algorithm in 2D or in 3D. 
GRADING: 
The final grade involves an oral exam (accounts for 40% of the final grade) and the project (accounts for 60% of the final grade) Both exactness and robustness of the code as well as its efficiency will be taken into account in the evaluation. 
RECOMMENDED 
Bathe, K. J. (2006). Finite element procedures. KlausJurgen Bathe. Braess, D. (2007). Finite elements: Theory, fast solvers, and applications in solid mechanics. Cambridge University Press. Ern, A., & Guermond, J. L. (2013). Theory and practice of finite elements (Vol. 159). Springer Science & Business Media. 
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