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What Do Engineers and Architects Need to Know about Finite Element Methods?AIA HSW

Helen Chen, Ph.D., PE

This program is registered with the AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product. Questions related to specific materials, methods, and services will be addressed at the conclusion of this presentation.


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Course Outline

Finite element method is a powerful engineering analysis tool, and has been widely used in engineering since it was introduced in the 1950s. This course presents the basic theory and simple application of the finite element method (FEM) along with the common FEM terminology. The emphasis of this course is on the fundamental concepts of finite element analysis. A list of major finite element software is also presented in the course along with their features and capabilities. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objective

At the conclusion of this course, the student will understand:

and will be familiar with:

Course Content

The course content is contained in the following document:

What Do Engineers and Architects Need to Know about Finite Element Methods?
(PDF, 17 pages, 0.4 MB,).

You need to open or download this document for your study.

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

Wikipedia.org: Finite Element Method
Aladdin - A Computational Toolkit for the Interactive Matrix and Finite Element Analysis
Finite Element Analysis Discussion Group at Eng-Tips
Introduction to Finite Element Analysis

Once you finish studying the course material, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

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DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of PDH Center or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered architect and/or professional engineer/surveyor. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.