Numerical analysis of civil engineering structures

lgciv2041  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Numerical analysis of civil engineering structures
5 credits
30.0 h + 15.0 h

  This learning unit is not being organized during year 2018-2019.

Remacle Jean-François;
Good knowledge of structural mechanics, structures stabilty and basis of finite elements method, as taught in LGCIV1022 et LGCIV1023
Main themes
Variational principles in structural mechanics, classical theory of finite elements for structures:
·         Trusses (2D and 3D)
·         Frames (2D and 3D)
·         Plates and shells
·         Plane stress and plane strains.
More advanced material will eventually be covered: elasto-plastic modelling of frames, structural instabilities, modelling of brittle materials, lage displacements in structures.
A computer project will be assigned to students that will consist in the development of a finite element code for a specific type of structure. The code will have to deal with inputs and outputs, including a graphical user interface.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


Contribution of the course to the program objectives (N°)

AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3, AA2.1, AA2.2, AA2.3, AA2.4, AA3.1, AA3.2, AA4.2, AA4.4, AA5.6.

Specific learning outcomes of the course

  • Students will understand the principles of the finite element method applied to usual civil engineering structures (beams, frames, plates and shells).
  •  Students will be trained in programming the finite element method. This includes the treatment of input data and the post-treatment of the results.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
See "Main themes".
Teaching methods
Evaluation methods
Exam (40%) and computer project (60%).
Online resources
Available on Moodle : Course notes (English)
  • Finite Element Structural Analysis, T.Y Yang, Prentice-Hall, Inc, Englewood, NJ, 1986
  • Analyse des structures et milieux continus, volume 6 : Méthode des éléments finis, F. Frey et J. Jirousek, Presses polytechniques et universitaires romandes.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Electro-mechanical Engineering

Master [120] in Mechanical Engineering

Master [120] in Civil Engineering

Master [120] in Mathematical Engineering