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Elmer FEM course

Elmer FEM Course
Date: 14.04.2016 9:00 - 15.04.2016 16:30
Location details: The event is organised at the CSC Training Facilities located in the premises of CSC at Keilaranta 14, Espoo, Finland. The best way to reach us is by public transportation; more detailed travel tips) are available.
Language: english-language
lecturers: Peter Råback Thomas Zwinger
  • 120 for-finnish-academics
  • 560 for-others
The fee covers all materials, lunches as well as morning and afternoon coffees.
The seats are filled in the registration order. You may cancel your attendance without a charge 5 business days prior the course. For cancellations after that and no-shows without a cancellation the full fee will be invoiced.
Additional Information

Elmer FEM Course is intended for persons with none or some prior knowledge of Elmer but some background on the solution of partial differential equations. The course will cover the use of Elmer through its graphical user interface, ElmerGUI. Also command-line operation of Elmer will be explained. The course will also include the basics of parallel computing and writing user subroutines with Elmer.

After the course the participants should be able to solve basic modeling problems themselves, modify them manually, and have basic knowledge on the general features of Elmer software.

Elmer FEM Course will be followed by a programming day that is intended for people who are working with their own developments.

Wednesday, April 13th
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  Alternative pre- and postprocessers

The user of Elmer with other pre- and postprocessors is discussed.

16.30 End of day

Thursday, April 14th

9.00 The ElmerSolver Input File explained

Including MATC  (the poor-man's MatLab of Elmer)

10.00 Coffee

10.30 Programming user functions and solvers in Elmer
User defined functions and custom solvers are explained and examples are shown. Also the creation of menu structures for user solvers is explained.

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Internal pre- and postprocessing features in Elmer

13.45 Parallel computing with Elmer
The parallel computing principles and practices of Elmer is explained along the lines of examples.

14.30 Coffee

15:00 Parallel Computing demo on supercomputer

15.30 Miscellaneous 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 miscellaneous topics based on the interest of the audience. Such topics could include

16.30 End of course

(preliminary version of program)

Course materials