The Finite Element Method (FEM) is a numerical method for solving general differential equations. FEM was first developed for elasticity and structural analysis, but is today used as a universal computational method in all areas of science and engineering, including fluid mechanics, electromagnetics, biomechanics and financial mathematics. The mathematical framework of FEM is well developed, which allows for detailed estimation of the discretisation error and efficient adaptive algorithms that minimise the computational cost, and many FEM software implementations are available, both commercial and open source. This course will cover the theory of FEM, basic algorithms, and practical aspects including software implementation.
Details of the course can be found in the webpage in Canvas.
Examples of FEM simulations using the open source software FEniCS.