Finite Element Methods
Finite element methods are standard tools for the solution of partial differential equations, for instance Maxwell equations. They enable a deep insight into a physical problem and therefore support knowledge gain similar to analytical methods or experiments.
Here, fundamentals of two established finite element methods are discussed, namely the finite element method (FEM) and the boundary element method (BEM). This includes basic numerical approaches for numerical integration or the solution of linear systems of equations.
Lecture with exercise
The lecture with exercise is held by Dr. Buchau, who has more than 20 years scientific experience in finite element methods. The lecture part of this course is in the seminar room of the Institute of Smart Sensors. There, theoretical background of numerical methods is presented and discussed. Of course, practical aspects, which are relevant for an application of these methods, are considered, too. Numerical examples using the commercial software COMSOL Multiphysics demonstrate the properties of the studied numerical methods.
The exercise part is in the computer laboratory of the Institute of Smart Sensors. Hence, students learn to use numerical field computations and see immediately their properties. Furthermore, the discussion of real problems with other students or the lecturer helps to understand the theoretical background.