Dr. Ghadir Haikal

Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering


CE 526 Finite Element Method in Structural Engineering

3 Credit Hours

Review of direct stiffness method; degrees of freedom; stiffness; assembly; transformation; analysis of solids through principle of virtual work; approximate stiffness through finite element shape functions; study of various finite elements including constant strain triangle and bilinear rectangle, their limitations and convergence issues; higher order elements, incompatible elements; isoparametric formulation and distorted elements; application of finite element analysis for solids and structures; modeling considerations and software use.

Computer and Software Requirements

Please review the minimum computer specifications that NC State University and Engineering Online recommend.

Updated: 10/31/2022