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Elmer FEM Course

Elmer FEM Course
Date: 17.06.2014 9:00 - 18.06.2014 16:30
Location details: -
Language: english-language
lecturers: Peter Råback
Thomas Zwinger
Price: -

Elmer FEM Course is intended for persons with no or some prior knowledge of Elmer but some background on the solution of partial differential equations. The course will cover on the use of Elmer through its graphical user interface, ElmerGUI. Also command-line operation of Elmer will be explained. The course will also briefly cover parallel computing and the writing own modules. After the course the participants should be able to solve basic modeling problems themselves, modify them manually, and have general basic knowledge on the features of Elmer software.

The course will be followed by a programming day where people devloping their own models will get guidance.


Below is the preliminary program of the course. Changes in the program are possible, and even probable.


9.00 Registration & Coffee

9.30 Introduction to Elmer finite element software
An overview of the structure and capabilities of Elmer software is given. Also the graphical user interface ElmerGUI is demonstrated setting up a simple case.

11.00 Hands-on session using ElmerGUI (hands-on)
The participants will go through simple exercices using ElmerGUI. Some of the cases can be chosen individually to best suite the profile of the participants (heat transfer, fluid dynamics, structural mechanics and electromagnetics).

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Elmer structure explained & hands-on session continued
In this session we explain the content of the Elmer files, the structure of Elmer simulation and demonstrate how to run Elmer cases from the command-line interface. Thereafter the users can continue to work with the example cases.

14.30 Coffee

15.00 MATC language & Alternative pre- and postprocessers

Presentation and demonstrataion of MATC - the poor mans Matlab integrated with Elmer.
Also the user of Elmer with other pre- and postprocessors is discussed.

16.30 End of day

DAY 2.

9.00 Parallel computing with Elmer
The parallel computing principles and practices of Elmer is explained. This is demonstrated first on a PC and thereafter on a supercomputer platform.

10.00 Coffee

10.30 Parallel computing with Elmer continued

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Programming user functions and solvers in Elmer

In this session we demonstrate the programming practices of Elmer. User defined functions and custom solvers are explained and examples are shown. Also the creation of menu structures for user solvers is explained.

14.30 Coffee

15.00 Miscallenous topics & User problems
The last session can be tuned based on the wishes of the participants. The participants can continue to study some cases or we can go through some miscalleneous topics based on the interest of the audience. Such topics could include

16.30 End of course