Online Introduction to Finite Element Method

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Introduction to Finite Element Method (PDE1801)

Mahdi Farahikia
Start Date: Monday August 27, 2018 
End Date: Friday October 5, 2018
Delivery: Online, pre-recorded lectures
Certificate and Digital Badge: This is a non-credit course. A Certificate and a FEM Essentials Digital Badge will be issued to students who pass the exam.
Stackable Credential: Combine this course with the PDE1802 (Finite Element Analysis (FEA) using ANSYS) course which is offered on October 15, 2018 and you will receive a FEM+FEA using ANSYS Professional Badge.

Who can take this course: This course is intended for all engineers, professionals and students.



This course will cover the fundamentals of Finite Element Method through typical mechanical engineering examples. Stiffness method will be introduced for the solution procedure. Knowledge of a programming language (Matlab or Python are preferred) will be very helpful. Application of stiffness method to solve truss, beam, frame, and 1-D fluid flow problems will be taught in this course. 


The course is intended to provide students with the necessary fundamental knowledge about the implementation of Finite Element Method for Engineering Analysis. After completing the course successfully, the students should be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of Finite Element Method and stiffness method to solve engineering problems.

  2. Write computer codes to use Finite Element Method to solve basic engineering problems.


Week One: Stiffness Method
Week Two: Truss Analysis
Week Three: Beam Analysis
Week Four: Frame Analysis
Week Five: 1-D Fluid Flow Analysis
Week Six: Final Exam Period


• AssignmentS: 40%
• Final Exam: 60%
• (Bonus) Participation in Discussion: 10%


Mahdi Farahikia

• Ph.D. Candidate Class of 2018, Mechanical Engineering Department
• Adjunct Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering Department
• President, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Student Organization


$500 Standard Rate (Industry)
$400 BU faculty/staff/Alumni
$250 Binghamton University Students


Register before August 27, 2018.

Confirmation and course information will be emailed to registrants. Include your email address on your registration form. If you have not received confirmation seven days before the start of the program or have a question about the registration process call the Office of Industrial Outreach at (607) 777-6241.



Credit Card/PayPal: A payment link for a secure transaction will be sent to you prior to the course start. We accept payment via PayPal as well as VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit cards. Your purchase will appear on your credit card statement with the following notation: *PAYPAL RFBU WATSON. Payments must be made before the start of the program.
Check: Please make checks payable to: Research Foundation Award # 77136 and make sure to write "PDE1801 Finite Element Method" in the subject line. Mail check with the printable registration form to:

Astrid Stromhaug
Binghamton University
Watson Industrial Outreach
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902-6020
For questions, contact the Office of Industrial Outreach at:
Phone: (607) 777-6241



  1. All cancellations must be received in writing by noon Aug. 27, 2018 to receive a refund.

  2. Cancellations of confirmed registrations are subject to a $20 administrative fee. No refunds for cancellations or non-attendance will be given after Aug. 28, 2018.

  3. Substitutions may be made any time before the beginning of the course by informing the Office of Industrial Outreach.

  4. If the course is canceled, enrollees will be advised and receive a full refund.