ENGRCEE 250 Finite Element Method in Structural Engineering (2013-2014)

ENGRCEE 250 Finite Element Method in Structural Engineering

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRCEE 250 Finite Element Method in Structural Engineering (Credit Units: 4) Finite element concepts in structural engineering including variational formulations, shape functions, elements assembly, convergence and computer programming. Stiffness of truss, beam, and frame members, two- and three-dimensional solids, plate and shell elements. Static, vibration, stability, and inelastic analysis. Graduate students only. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0471648086.

Recommended Textbook:
Lizhi Sun
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic
  • Mechanics of Materials (e.g., CEE 150)
  • Computer Methods in Structural Engineering (e.g., CEE 152)
  • Linear Algebra (e.g., Math 2J)
  • Partial Differential Equations (e.g., Math 3D)
Lecture Topics:

Elasticity Summary, Introduction FEM Big Picture, FEM Mathematics, Trusses, Beams, and Frames, Two-Dimensional and Three-Dimensional Elements.

Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

MSC Nastran Package

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component
Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 30%
  • Midterm(s): 30%
  • Final: 40%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

June 18, 2013
Senate Approved:
May 7, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr