Basic Modules

Hydrostatic pressure testing of a pressure vessel
Stress state of an off-shore platform due self-weight and hydrostatic pressure

The goal of the Basic Modules is to introduce and consolidate the main concepts of the Finite Element Method and the use of commercial Finite Element software.

In the theoretical subjects, the fundamentals of the Finite Element Method as well as the numerical and programming methods employed in its development and the mathematical models used to represent the behavior of the materials are shown.

In the application and practice subjects, the attendee is trained in the use of the Finite Element commercial software ANSYS Mechanical. The Basic Modules include the complete process of Linear Analyses, including geometry preprocessing, a complete training in FEA meshing procedures and the generation and solution to the complete Finite Element Model.

    The Basic Modules include the study of the complete process required to perform linear analyses, including:
  • Preliminary decisions: FE statement of the different engineering problems.
  • Pre-processing: Geometry creation, full training in FEA meshing procedures, setting material properties, establishing loads and boundary conditions.
  • Solution: Solving the equations set in the pre-processing phase.
  • Post-processing: To obtain the displacements, stresses, plots, lists, etc.

The study of these modules will allow the student to understand and learn how to create and analyze linear finite elements models such as valves or other mechanical components, pressure tanks, frame structures, modal analyses, linear buckling analyses, etc.


Response Spectrum Analysis (RSA) of a check valve


The Dynamic Analysis module includes the study of dynamic phenomena that are present in structures or equipment.

The initial objective of the fundamentals subject is analyzing the dynamic problems that arise when calculating a structure and provides some criteria to resolve them, focusing on specific structural types and providing the essential concepts, while identifying the fundamental parameters which characterize the dynamic behavior of structural systems.

The application and practice subjects introduce the student to the concepts of dynamic analysis of structures by using the Finite Element commercial software ANSYS Mechanical. Dynamic analyses such as Modal analysis, Harmonic analysis, Spectrum analysis, Random analysis and Transient analysis are studied during the course, and are applied to real problems using ANSYS Mechanical.

The study of this module will allow the student to understand and learn how to create and analyze dynamic cases of finite element models such as seismic studies of components, enforced vibrational studies in different industries (automotive, aerospace, energy, marine, etc.).

Nonlinear structural analysis of an elevator structure: contacts as well as elastic-plastic material nonlinearities were used


The purpose of the Non-Linear Analysis module is to study the non-linear problems associated with structures.

A complete understanding of this behavior is achieved with the study of the concept of non-linear structures, the kind of problems that requires a non-linear analysis, the causes of non-linear behavior, the differences with linear analyses and the characteristics of non-linear analysis using finite elements.

All of these concepts and the study of this behavior are applied to real problems in the application and practice subjects using the Finite Element commercial software ANSYS Mechanical.

The study of this module will allow the student to understand and to learn how to create and analyze non-linear finite element models such as in-contact mechanisms, non-linear buckling analyses in structures, non-linear materials, geometric non-linearities, structures, parts in contact, construction processes, retaining walls, etc.

Heat loss by convection calculation of a heat sink


The aim of the Heat Transfer module is to study heat transfer phenomena.

The fundamentals subject provides the theoretical knowledge about heat transfer necessary for its specific application in the resolution of general and finite element heat transfer problems, as well as in stationary or non-stationary systems.

In the application and practice subjects, the student comes into contact with and manages, from the perspective of conducting analyses using finite elements and through the use of the ANSYS Mechanical commercial software, the basic concepts of heat transfer such as conduction, convection and radiation, while at the same time solving stationary or transient heat transfer problems and other peculiarities of thermal processes, which can be treated like non-linearities.

The study of this module will allow the student to understand and learn how to create and analyze heat loads in finite element models such as thermal studies of heat exchangers, thermal studies in electrical components, thermal behavior of pressure tanks, etc.

CFD Aerodynamic study of an automobile
CFD analysis of a storage tank


The Fluid Mechanics module studies problems associated with fluid mechanics, including their characteristics and discretization in order to analyze those using CFD simulations.

The theoretical subject studies the fundamentals of fluid mechanics with a particular emphasis on deduction and analysis of mass conservation equations, movement quantity and energy. Furthermore, the characteristics of different flow types are described and the conditions in which the different simplified shapes of general equations can be applied are discussed. Lastly, the finite volume method applies to some of the flow types studied.


The Theoretical and Practical Application of the Finite Element Method and CAE Simulation Master's Program ultimately concludes with the Final Project. This project collects all the knowledge that has been acquired by the student through the study phase of the Expert and Specialist modules, and aligns all his/her aptitudes and capabilities under a common goal in a single project..

A tutor will be assigned to each project, depending on the areas involved, to guide the student during the project process.

In addition to the contributions from their own personal career, the training acquired by students will substantially influence the industrial capabilities of our society, nurturing it with highly qualified technicians for its development, prosperity and wellness.

For these reasons, on an annual basis the Master's Program rewards the student’s dedication and the excellence of the best Final Project presented at the conclusion of the course. The National Distance Learning University (UNED) – through its Higher School of Industrial Engineers – rewards in this manner the student's effort and contribution to the study of the practical application of the Finite Element Method.