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Finite Element Analysis (Basic Principles and Applications) (T804)

Engineering is at the heart of modern life. Today engineers use computers and software in the design and manufacture of most of the products, processes and systems that make up our lifestyles. This module introduces the finite element method and instils the need for comprehensive evaluation and checking when interpreting results. It covers basic theory; modelling, meshing and analysing component models for stresses, deflections, temperatures and vibrations under operating conditions and loads; treatment of boundary conditions and restraints; and examples of good practice for safe and effective application in use.

Entry requirements

This module can be taken on its own or as a module of a qualification. If you are taking it as part of a postgraduate qualification, you must have adequate preparation for study at this level, usually demonstrated by a bachelors degree (or the equivalent) from a UK university. Ideally you should have an Honours degree in mechanical engineering and be familiar with subjects such as stress analysis, heat transfer, vibrations, matrix algebra and calculus. An online self-evaluation test is available that illustrates recommended entry skills in mathematics and engineering and may help you identify potential areas for revision. You do need to have a reasonable standard of spoken and written English to study successfully with us. Poor language skills will make study more difficult, and it will take longer. The normal requirements for English language skills are explained on our website. If you have any doubts about whether your level of English is good enough for you to study this module you may find it helpful to look at our Skills for OU Study site. If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please contact our Student Registration & Enquiry Service.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
Distance learning - 6 months

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