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The University of Southampton

FEEG6010 Advanced Finite Element Analysis

Module Overview

This module is aimed at providing exposure to and understanding of advanced, specialist areas of Finite Element Analysis and their underlying Solid/Structural Mechanics concepts. It then concentrates on using this knowledge for solving discipline-specific engineering problems employing commercial Finite Element Analysis software.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • How particular continuum and structural (beam, plate and shell) elements can be formulated, integrated and used to solve elastic problems.
  • Numerical difficulties, such as shear locking, inherent in some elements and how to overcome them.
  • The fundamental concepts of using FEA to model buckling of structures.
  • The fundamental concepts of the theory of plasticity.
  • How different plasticity models can be used to approximate the behaviour of different materials.
  • The fundamental concepts of geometric nonlinearity.
  • For Civil Engineering students: How to formulate and solve problems of groundwater seepage using finite elements; How to formulate and solve geotechnical problems involving fully drained/undrained conditions, as well as transient, coupled pore pressure-deformation (consolidation) problems using FEA
  • Aeronautics & Astronautics, Mechanical Engineering and Ship Science students: How to formulate and solve problems involving geometric nonlinearities.
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Develop and build appropriate finite element models to solve complex engineering problems.
  • Critique numerical results and their validity.
  • Synthesise information and ideas for use in the evaluation process.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use a commercial FEA software to solve practical engineering problems.
  • Make informed decisions on the use and calibration of elastoplastic constitutive models.


1. Introduction to the module 2. Analysis of plates and shells. 3. Analysis of buckling. 4. Geometric non-linearity. 5. Material non-linearity – the theory of plasticity in a FEA context. For Civil Engineering students: 1. Formulating and solving seepage problems using FEA. 2. Formulating and solving transient, pore pressure-deformation (consolidation) problems using FEA. For Aeronautics & Astronautics, Mechanical Engineering and Ship Science students: 1. Formulating and solving geometrically-nonlinear problems using FEA.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include -Lectures. -Practical FEA labs/supervisions with ANSYS/ABAQUS. Learning activities include -Directed reading. -FEA assignments. -Example exercises. -Independent learning of FEA software use.

Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Wider reading or practice15
Completion of assessment task30
Practical classes and workshops9
Follow-up work35
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Continuous Assessment 60%
Final Assessment  40%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Set Task 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: CENV2026 or FEEG3001

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