Basics Of Finite Element Analysis – I


Prof. Nachiketa Tiwari

IIT Kanpur

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This course is intended for all those who want to learn FEA from an application standpoint. Currently, many users of FEA have limited understanding of theoretical foundation of this powerful method. The consequence is that quite often they use commercial codes inaccurately, and do not realize that their results may be flawed. The course is intended to address this limitation by making the student aware of the underlying mathematics in easy to understand format. The course is open to all engineering students who have at the minimum successfully completed two years of their B. Tech (or equivalent) degrees.

The course is also open to all professionals in industry who wish to learn fundamentals of FEA in a semi-formal but structured setting, and plan to use this knowledge in their workplace.


UGs, PGs, professionals in industry who want to learn about basics of sound and acoustics


Must be enrolled into a B.Tech. program or equivalent and should have completed second year of his 4-year program


Automotive, NVH, Acoustics, Railways, Power Generation and all industry that has to address issus related to noise.


Dr. Nachiketa Tiwari is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at IIT Kanpur. He has a PhD in engineering mechanics from Virginia Tech. His doctoral thesis involved nonlinear analysis of composite structures through FE, analytical and experimental methods. Dr. Tiwari also has deep understanding of fundamentals of FEA as he has used several tools in industry for over a dozen years for producing world class products. His current areas of research interest are composite structures, noise, vibrations, and product design. He has established Dhwani, an Acoustics Lab at IITK, which is one of the best in the country.

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1. Join the course
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COURSE ENROLMENT FEE: The Fee for Enrolment is Rs. 2000 + GST

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3. Get qualified to register for exams
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Assignment score = Score more than 50% in at least 6/8 assignments.
Exam score = 50% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
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EXAM FEE: The remote proctoring exam is optional for a fee of Rs.1500 + GST. An additional fee of Rs.1500 will apply for a non-standard time slot.

5. Results and Certification
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Course Details

Week 1  :  Intro & concepts
Week 2  :  Mathematical concepts
Week 3  : 1-D BVP problems of 2nd order
Week 4  : Applications: heat transfer/solid mechanics
Week 5  : Beams
Week 6  : Errors & convergence
Week 7  : Time dependent problems
Week 8  : Eigen value problems and closure

Books and References:

  • An Introduction to the Finite Element Method,by J. N. Reddy



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