Course detail

Introduction to FEM and CFD

FSI-KFEAcad. year: 2018/2019

This course unit is focused on modern numeric methods FEA and CFD, which allow virtual testing of equipment and its parts in various conditions. Both methods are widely used in industry thanks to available hardware as well as specialized software. Students will be acquainted with theoretical basics of both methods and learn to solve practical tasks using ANSYS Workbench environment.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will get basic information about FEM and CFD, while simultaneously they will try out these methods in simple exercises. Acquired theoretical and practical knowledge may be extended in following semesters in follow-up specialized courses ('Practical applications of FEA' and 'Practical applications of CFD') that will prepare students for successful application of FEA and CFD in industrial practice.


Basic knowledge from mechanics of solids, fluid mechanics, and mathematics.



Recommended optional programme components


Recommended or required reading

Schneider, P., Vykutil, J.: Aplikovaná metoda konečných prvků (CS)
LEE, Huei-Huang. Finite element simulations with ANSYS workbench 14: [theory, applications, case studies]. Mission, Kan: Schroff Development Corp, 2012. ISBN 978-1-58503-725-4. (EN)
H. K. Versteeg and W. Malalasekera, An introduction to computational fluid dynamics: the finite volume method. Harlow, England; New York: Pearson Education Ltd., 2007. (EN)
Huebner, K. H., Dewhirst, D. L., Smith, D. E., Byron, T. G.: The Finite Element Method for Engineers (EN)
J. D. Anderson, Computational fluid dynamics: the basics with applications. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995. (EN)
V. Uruba, ‘Turbulence’, ČVUT v Praze, Fakulta strojní, 2014. (CS)
S. V. Patankar, Numerical heat transfer and fluid flow. Washington; New York: Hemisphere Pub. Corp. ; McGraw-Hill, 1980. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course unit is taught in form of practice lessons, which are focused on theoretical foundations, on practical applications using basic examples and consultations on individual projects.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

To obtain course credits students are required to participate actively in seminars and successfully defend a project, which they will develop during the semester.

Language of instruction


Work placements



Goal of the course unit is acquaintance with foundations, application, pros, cons, and pitfalls of FEA and CFD.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Presence in the seminars is required and in case of absence, the student will self-study the topic.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-PRI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional
    branch M-PRI , 1. year of study, summer semester, 4 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit


seminars in computer labs

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Introduction to FEA
2. Beam elements
3. Axisymmetric problems
4. Shell structures
5. Heat conduction
6. Connection between heat conduction and structural analyses
7. Introduction to CFD
8. Basics of CFD modeling
9. Flow properties from model perspective
10. Turbulence
11. Solving coupled equations for velocity and pressure
12. Introduction to finite volume method
13. Presentations of individual projects