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


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 L4|02 1
Credit points 4
Examination written examination
Next examination date March 11th, 2020, 15:00 – 17:30
Related tutorial Numerical methods tutorial

Office hours before the exam

03 March 2020 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. S4|10 – 1
06 March 2020 13:00 p.m. to 14:00 p.m. S4|10 – 1

Prior information on the exam

The NBV exam on the 11th of March 2020 takes place 15:00 – 17:00 in Room L402-1.

Further information on the exam is provided here: Prior_info_NBV_WS1819.