A Six-day course on FEM

Theory & Programming

With Applications to Solid Mechanics,Heat Transfer and Fluid Mechanics

Organized by Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

About The Speakers

Dr.M.Ramji is a Professor in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at IIT-Hyderabad .He has completed masters and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from IIT-Madras .Dr.M.Ramji’s research interest is related to optical methods for engineering analysis, applied finite element analysis, fracture mechanics,mechanics of composites and material characterization. He is reviewer of eminent journals like Experimental Mechanics, Optics and Lasers in engineering etc.

Dr.Chintapenta R Viswanath is an Assistant professor in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at IIT-Hyderabad.He obtained his masters in Aerospace Engineering from IISc-Bangalore, PhD from Brown University and Post-doctorate from(ABAQUS-DSS) Dassault Simulia System,Providence-RI and IISc-Bangalore. His research interest is in computational solid mechanics.His research interest is in multi scale modelling of Metal, Composites and Bio-materials. He has published 10+ journal articles in reputed international journals in the areas of computational multi-scale mechanics.

Dr.Gangadharan Raju is an Associate professor in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at IIT Hyderabad.He obtained PhD from IIScBangalore and Post-doctoral from University of Bristol.His research interest is related to non-destructive testing and evaluation,Structural Health Monitoring,and design of composite structures,Applied fem

Dr.Syed Nizamuddin Khaderi is an Assistant professor in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at IIT-Hyderabad. He obtained PhD from the University of Groningen and Postdoc from University of Cambridge and Institute of High-Performance Computing, Singapore.His research interest is related to computational solid mechanics, impact loading of structures and fluid-structure interaction.

Dr. Chandrika Prakash Vyasarayani is an Associate professor in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at IIT Hyderabad.He obtained his PhD and Post-doctoral from University of Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Canada.His research interest is in Structural dynamics


The Finite Element Method (FEM) is a numerical framework to solve boundary value problems.Industrial Engineers as well as academic researchers both extensively use FEM to solve complex engineering problems. Off late FEM is also utilized in solving multi-physics problems.There are several commercially available FEM software such ABAQUS, ANSYS, COMSOL, Nastran and etc that provide Multi-physics solvers. However,the underlying theory of the method is now well understood by practicing engineers and researchers. Most of the people using the method via commercial software or in-house codes do not often understand the method as applied to engineering problems, especially in generating input data and interpreting the results.

Objectives of the course:

A practicing engineer typically faces several issues on the usage of the FEM. Among them,firstly,which technique to choose that are appropriate for a given problem at hand. Secondly, how to interpret the output. And how reliable is the result obtained through FEM.This course is designed to address few of these issues.Further,it bridges the gap between the theoretical finite element knowledge and its industrial applications by providing sufficient insights in to the relationship between the physical data(e.g.,loads,boundary conditions, constitutive behavior, etc.) and the finite element model.The lecturers will address the issues of element selection,mesh design,convergence and response characteristics.This course is a refresher course for people with intermediate level of knowledge in FEM.For beginners this course will help them to setup their own boundary value problem and choose appropriate techniques while solving in commercially available software.This course is intended to provide graduate students,engineers,and researchers working in aerospace, automotive, civil, mechanical, material science engineering ,and information technology industries as well as numerical analysts and materials scientists with the theory and applications of linear finite element analysis of problems from heat transfer,fluid mechanics,and solid and structural mechanics


The course is aimed at students, analysts and researchers who are involved with the analysis of differential equations arising in engineering and applied science, and who are using or plan to use commercially available finite element packages to analyse problems in the aeronautical, automobile, mechanical, civil and other engineering industries.The course will also enable participants to be able to write their own FEM software.Participants are assumed to have knowledge of the basic principles of engineering (i.e., undergraduate degree in engineering). Some knowledge of the finite element method is an advantage,but not essential.The maximum number of participants for the course shall be limited to 40.


Persons who have attended the course and followed the material should benefit in strengthening their background in the following areas:

•A strong understanding of the formulative steps involved in the fem development of the equations of engineering and applied science,including certain heat transfer and fluid flow problems.

•Generation of finite element data (e.g.,selection of elements and mesh, computation of nodal forces), imposition of boundary conditions,post computation of stresses and strains,etc.),exploitation of problem symmetries,and interpretation and evaluation of the results.


A copy of the over heads used in the presentation of the course will be provided as a part of the course material. The introductory finite element book by JN Reddy is available and the participants may purchase the book from local vendors.The reference information on the book is Reddy ,J.N.,An Introduction to the Finite Element Method, Third Edition, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2006.


On the successful completion of the course participation certificate will be awarded


The finite element method is a commonly used numerical tool that is used for the solution of differential equations. Such differential equations arise,during analysis of the structural integrity of mechanical components subjected to various kind of loading.For example an aircraft's landing gear subjected to dynamic loading during landing and take-off.Complex problems such as coupled-field interactions, contact stress analysis,metal forming,fluid-structure interaction,for which obtaining closed form solution is very difficult, can be solved with a modest effort using FEM.The success of the FEM in predicting the experimental observations has lead to the availability of a number of commercial finite element software and widespread use in sectors such as nuclear, defense, marine, automobile and aerospace.

Composite materials

One third of the workshop will focus on the analysis of composite materials. Topics that will be covered include introduction, fabrication, mechanics, finite element analysis and fracture mechanics of composite materials.


1.Basics: introductory solid mechanics,concepts of FEA ,formulation methodologies,interpolation theory,iso-parametric formulation.

2.Applications: composite materials,plasticity ,transient and Harmonic analysis.

3.Special topics: fatigue,fracture and repair.

4.Hands-on session for Matlab programming of finite elements and tutorial sessions on a commercial finite element software.




There is no fee for participants from TEQIP sponsored colleges.The nominations along with the registration forms have to be sent through their coordinator to fem[at]iith.ac.in


For other participants, the course fee is Rs. 15,000/-.

All payments should be made in any of the below two modes.

1. Demand Draft In favour of 'IIT Hyderabad', payable at Hyderabad.

2. Electronic Fund Transfer (Recommended): remittance using SWIFT code,Name of the Bank: State Bank of India,IIT Kandi: (Branch code: 14182), Hyderabad, India,SWIFT Code: SBIN0014182,Account No.: 30859878032. (Current A/c)


A limited accommodation is available within IITH premises.Therefore, participants, who wish to avail this facility, are advised to write to the coordinator at the earliest.


•CGR Manjeera

•Hotel Janapriya

•Redlas Inn

• Pankaj Palace


Adarsh Bhat (7889444015)

G Gopi ( 8985917203)

Dongri karthik (7036367206)

About iit hyderabad

Inventions and innovations are keywords on which the foundation of IITH is based. One of India’s eight new IITs–IITH started functioning in August 2008. Currently it has 1050 students in total and offers undergraduate programs in four disciplines, M.Sc.in Chemistry and Physics,M.Tech in six disciplines and PhD in11disciplines.

The first faculty at IITH joined in 2009 and as of today IITH has 150 faculty members.In a short span of three years, IITH has developed state-of-the-art infrastructure for advanced research and produced more than 400 publications in internationally reputed journals.

Research is a culture among the faculty and students of IITH. This is evident from the several research projects that are on going at IITH. On top of the gamut of sponsored projects from various funding agencies,IITH has active collaboration with industry as well.

IITH also has an innovative academic program where the students are offered fractional credits and the first semester undergraduates are allowed to do a project of their choice.Many more innovations in the academic front are in the offing.IITH always strives to offer an innovative environment where one is not afraid to experiment with high-risk ideas.

Contact Details:

Dr. Viswanath Chinthapenta, Course Coordinator -TEQIP

Assistant Professor, Academic-Block C 540, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Kandi, Sangareddy, Telangana-502285, Phone(O): +91-040-23017098 Phone(M): +91-8790128695

Email: viswanath@iith.ac.in

Dr.Gangadharan Raju Course Co-Coordinator –TEQIP

Associate Professor, Academic-Block C 213 , Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Kandi, Sangareddy, Telangana-502285 Phone(O): +91-040-23018465 Phone(M): +91-9177295421

Email: gangadharanr@iith.ac.in

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