LAUCE 2125 · Finite Elements for Structures

Winter 2015 · Universite catholique de Louvain



Monday 10:45-12:15, Euler Building


Prs. Jean-Francois Remacle, Euler Building
Office hours: By appointment.


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: elasto-plastic 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.


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.


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.


Bathe, K. J. (2006). Finite element procedures. Klaus-Jurgen 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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