Numerical methods

Numerical methods

This lecture provides a practice-oriented introduction in numerical and computational methods for simulating continuum mechanical problems, like they occure typically in engineering applications. The application of these methods gain in importance in industrial practice. The lecture imparts knowledge about the fundamentals in modelling, discretizing schemes and solving algorithms, just as the for practical usage important questions of accuracy, costs and efficiency. The important industrial domains of fluid and structural mechanics are handled as well as heat transfer problems.

From the content

  • Basics of continuum mechanical modelling, simple field problems
  • Finite volume methods, discretization of convective and diffusive fluxes, Galerkin method, finite element methods, simple elements and shape functions.
  • Time discretization, explicit and implicit approaches
  • Characteristics of numerical solvers, stability, consistence, convergence, conservatism and error estimation

Digital Semester – Summer Term 2020

  • The materials for this course can be found in the corresponding Moodle course
  • The lecture will be recorded and uploaded to Moodle
  • Information and materials for the exercise can also be found on Moodle

Prior information on the exam

Information about the exam on July 20th, 2020 as well as the room layout are in the corresponding Moodle course.

Inspection of the test

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Lecture name Numerical methods
Term Summer
Lecturer Prof. Dr. rer. nat. M. Schäfer
Responsible assistant F. Köhler, M.Sc.
Start of lectures April 2020
Lecture dates Wednesday 12:35 – 14:15
Room Online only
Credit points 4
Examination written examination
Next examination date 20.07.2020
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