224-0221 – Finite Element Method (MeKP)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Geotechnics and Underground Engineering
Subject guarantordoc. RNDr. Eva Hrubešová, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Subject version
Version codeYear of introductionYear of cancellationCredits
224-0221/01 2003/2004 2020/2021 5
224-0221/02 2003/2004 2020/2021 5

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Course objectives: - definition of basic principles and relationships underlying mathematical theory of elasticity and plasticity - formulation of basic principles of finite element method -definitions of different types of finite element, their analysis and comparison - build the stiffness matrix, analysis of properties of stiffness matrix - formulation of the basic conditions of solvability of equation system, selection of appropriate methods to solve the fundamental system of equations, comparing them - creation of a separate numerical model based on finite element method using available software systems - Discussion of the results of numerical models, the analysis of their explanatory power and sensitivity to input data

Teaching methods

Individual consultations
Project work


The content of the course are the principles and capabilities of the utilization of finite elements method for the solution of various engineering problems, with special emphasis on the role of geotechnical. Students will learn the theoretical basis of this numerical method and the principle of discretization of given area, the various types of finite elements for application in one-dimensional, planar and spatial tasks. The aim is also to familiarize students with the practical use of this method in solving problems in geotechnical engineering and underground construction (the stability of slopes, embankments, spoil banks, the role of the stability of underground works (tunnels, etc.)) through a specialized geotechnical software (Plaxis, 3D Tunnel , Phases, etc.).

Compulsory literature:

Potts, D. Zdravkovic, L. Finite element analysis in geotechnical engineering. Telford, 1999. ISBN 0 72772753 2.

Recommended literature:

Gioda, Z.: Modeling in Geomechanics. Wiley 2000


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.