Dr. Mohammed Zikry

Dr. Mohammed A. Zikry

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Phone: 919-515-5237
Fax: 919-515-7968
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MAE 533 Finite Element Analysis I

3 Credit Hours

This course will provide a general preparation in finite element methods with an emphasis on linear finite-elements and material behavior. The course is intended for graduate engineering, science, and mathematics students who will pursue further work and research in specialized areas such as nonlinear continuum mechanics structural mechanics, elasticity, plasticity, fracture mechanics, mechanical design, heat transfer, and numerical analysis.


Strongly Recommended: Introductory classes in elasticity and continuum mechanics.

Course Objectives

Students will develop the mathematical and solid mechanics background to solve and analyze linear stress and analysis problems with the appropriate finite-element methodologies and numerical approximations. Applications of real-world problems with a focus on solid mechanics and elasticity.

Course Requirements

HOMEWORK: 6-8 assignments.

EXAMINATIONS: Midterm and Final.

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: ANSYS will be used for different class projects. Other similar commercial FEM codes can be used. Knowledge of Fortran, C, C++, Matlab, or other programming languages will be useful


Most of the material will be based on class notes and lectures. Students will be provided copies of the notes and the lectures.

Computer and Software Requirements

Please review minimum computer specifications recommended by NC State University and Engineering Online.