Course detail

Application of FEM

FSI-KAMAcad. year: 2020/2021

The subject is focused mainly on practical tasks; routine control calculations when designing a device and finding causes for damage to already operated devices. Students will learn the principles of model preparation and the method of evaluating the results of analyzes that comply with standards (EN 13445, Eurocodes, ASME BPVC) in case studies where practical devices have been analyzed. Analyzes will be performed using ANSYS Workbench software.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will deepen the skills of appropriate MLP applications in designing new devices, determining the residual life of already operated devices, and finding the causes of damage to inappropriately functioning devices. They will be able to choose a suitable standard, meet its numerical analysis requirements, and control relevant methods for evaluating results. Practical knowledge of workflows in ANSYS Workbench software can be easily applied when using any MKP software.


Basic knowledge ofelasticity and strength of structures, mechanics, limit states and theory of materials.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Schneider, P., Vykutil, J.: Aplikovaná metoda konečných prvků
Lee, Finite element simulations with ANSYS workbench 14: [theory, applications, case studies]. Mission, Kan: Schroff Development Corp, 2012. (EN)
K. L. Lawrence, ANSYS Workbench tutorial: structural & thermal analysis using the ANSYS Workbench release 14 environment. Mission, Kan: SDC Publ., Schroff Development Corporation, 2012. (EN)
S. Tickoo, Ansys workbench 14.0: a tutorial approach. S.l.: Cadcim Technologies, 2012. (EN)
Český normalizační institut, ČESKÁ TECHNICKÁ NORMA, Netopené tlakové nádoby, ČSN EN 13445. 2015. (CS)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through exercises which are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Course-unit credit will be awarded for taking an active part in exercises.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The finite element method (FEM) is currently widely used in design and control calculations of process equipment. This course introduces the second part of the two-semester course and aims to familiarize students with standards approaches to the use of FEM and to prepare them for problem solving in industrial practice. Students will use ANSYS Workbench.

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

The attendance at exercises is compulsory and an absence will be compensated by self-study of the missed topic.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-PRI , 2. year of study, winter semester, 3 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit


Computer-assisted exercise

39 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1st week - introduction to FEM
- introduction to ANSYS
- ANSYS control
- geometry creation
- work with model
- exercises

2nd week - model meshing
- mass characteristic entry
- marginal (end) condition entry
- exercises

3rd week - program solver
- analysis results interpretation
- toolbar menu creation
- structure tasks solving

4th week - macro creation
- work with macro
- thermal tasks solving

5th week - contact tasks solving
- modal analysis
- buckling analysis
- structure tasks solving

6th week - piping tasks solving
- nozzles of pressure vessels solving

7th week - piping tasks solving
- parts of pressure vessels solving

8th week - parts of pressure vessels solving

9th week - parts of heat exchangers solving

10th week - parts of columns equipment solving

11th week - FSI method introduction (Fluid Structure Interaction)

12th week - example for practice

13th week - piping tasks solving with use of FSI