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Nichtlineare Finite-Elemente-Methoden (MB-51)

Nonlinear Finite Element Methods (Module MB-51, previously Module 9)


This course discusses the finite element method, discretisation techniques and solution strategies for problems in solid mechanics at large deformations.

  • Repetitorium of kinematics, stresses, balance relations and thermo-hyperelasticity
  • Strong and weak forms of balance of linear momentum and the heat equation in spatial and material description
  • Spatial discretization of the weak forms in spatial and material description - linearisation and stiffness matrices
  • Nonlinear truss elements
  • Nonlinear solution strategies
    • Newton's method
    • line search methods
    • arc length methods
  • Deformation dependent loads
  • Quasi-incompressibility
  • Nonlinear viscoelasticity


Successful completion of the introduction course on Finite Element Methods I and II or equivalent experience. Experience in nonlinear continuum mechanics and scientific programming in Python (or Matlab, C, C++, Fortran) necessary.


Lecturer Time slots Location First dates
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Menzel

Tuesday, 10:15 - 11:45

Wednesday, 10:15 - 11:45


The course starts on Tuesday, October 19, 2021

All information and course materials will be provided solely in the moodle course NFEM2122 (link coming soon).


This course corresponds to module MB-51 according to MPO2019/2020, in older MPOs it is part of module 9. In case of more detailed questions of equivalence please contact the Studienkoordination.