Basics Of Finite Element Analysis - I

By Prof. Nachiketa Tiwari   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 2088
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.

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

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

INDUSTRY SUPPORT:  Automotive, NVH, Acoustics, Railways, Power Generation and all industry that has to address issus related to noise.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Advanced Mechanics
  • Computational Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 16 Sep 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 25 Sep 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

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

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

Instructor bio

Prof. Nachiketa Tiwari

IIT Kanpur
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.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 25 September 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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