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ME 461 Applied Finite Element Analysis

Course Description

This is an introductory course in the Finite Element Method. Through this course, students gain knowledge in finite element theory and problem modeling. The mathematical formulation of the method is presented and then applied to problems in elasticity and heat transfer. Projects are assigned to demonstrate the finite element method in simplified problems using hand- calculations and computer programs such as Matlab. The use of commercial FEA programs is introduced and problems of increased complexity are assigned to demonstrate their use in a computer lab. Finally, problems of realistic complexity are assigned such that students can practice solving, documenting and presenting their use of commercial FEA programs.


Course Instructor:

Dr. Ashok D. Belegundu

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

330 Leonhard Building

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-863-2115


PSU Course Catalog Description


M E 461 Applied Finite Element Analysis (3) Finite Elements in Engineering (3) Computer modeling and fundamental analysis of solid, fluid, and heat flow problems using existing computer codes.

Prerequisite: E MCH 213, E MCH 210H or E MCH 210; CMPSC 200, CMPSC 201 or CMPSC 202


Required Textbook

Introduction to Finite Elements in Engineering (4th Edition)

Introduction to Finite Elements in Engineering (4th Edition) 2011
Tirupathi R. Chandrupatla, Ashok D. Belegundu



The enrollment process is:

  1. Contact the the Office of Continuing and Distance Education for admission into the course at 814-865-7643.

  2. Complete and submit the Registration Form via mail, fax, or in person. See the Registration Page.


Office for Disability Services
Penn State welcomes students with disabilities into the University’s educational programs. If you have a disability‐related need for reasonable academic adjustments in this course, contact the Office for Disability Services (ODS) at 814‐863‐1807 (V/TTY). For further information regarding ODS, please visit the Office of Disability Services website at

In order to receive consideration for course accommodations, you must contact ODS and provide documentation (see the documentation guidelines at If the documentation supports the need for academics adjustments, ODS will provide a letter identifying appropriate academics adjustments. Please share this letter and discuss the adjustments with your instructor as early in the course as possible. You must contact ODS and request academic adjustment letters at the beginning of each semester.


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