In a course on the mechanical properties of materials, I have been asked to do a paper on the "Finite Element Method" to improve my current grade.

However, most of the resources I find on the Internet explain theoretical frameworks, with complex mathematics that I do not understand.

Do you know of any book or website that explains this method in a simple way? In short, that focuses, above all, on the applications for a materials engineer and that provides, if possible, a simple theoretical framework, which can be understood without the need for external help or almost impossible mathematics.


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Here is a short video tutorial to explain the following points about FEM:

  1. Why study FEM
  2. Engineering systems and FEM
  3. What is FEM?
  4. Layman's explanation
  5. Mathematical treatment
  6. The power of FEM

Hope it helps.


I recommend you to visit and go through the COMSOL Multiphysics site.

COMSOL software is based on finite element method (FEM) with applications in several areas of Physics. In the site, you can request a demonstration of the software (so you will have the experience to use FEM in practice) and also can visit the WEBMINARS section that is full of applications with very useful discussions.

  • $\begingroup$ By the way, do you know any free software? I have checked and my University doesn't have the license for the program. On the other hand, do you know any resource where I can understand, the basis of this method. $\endgroup$
    – Carlos
    Mar 17, 2021 at 20:16
  • $\begingroup$ +1 to Camps! @aprendiendo-a-programar if you want to know about free software you have to ask a new question. Commemts are for clarifying missing details in an answer, not for asking new questions. $\endgroup$ Mar 18, 2021 at 5:27

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