BIOE 498/598 JI: Finite Element Methods in Biomedical Systems


Prof. Joseph Irudayaraj

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Office Everitt Lab 3106  [OR Carle Mills Breast Cancer Center 3rd floor]


MWF       4:00 – 4:50 PM

Everitt Lab 2101

3 credit hours for 498, 4 credit hours for 598

Prerequisites: BIOE 298, BIOE 201, and MATH 285, or their equivalents

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This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of the finite element method as it is used in engineering modeling, design, and optimization. The finite element method is widely used to solve problems with inhomogeneous materials and complex boundary conditions. We will discuss one- and two-dimensional elements, coordinate systems, and modeling and simulation of engineering systems in the context of heat transfer, fluid flow, structural analysis, elasticity, and computer-aided design and optimization of biomedical components. Applications will span multiscale physiology and bioengineering technologies.

Course Goals:

  1. Understand fundamentals of finite element analysis.
  2. Solve one- and two-dimensional structural and boundary value problems by finite element methods.
  3. Apply core course materials to the numerical solution of real-world problems.
  4. Evaluate and verify finite element solutions.
  5. Be able to use the finite element analysis (FEA) for basic analysis and design.
  6. Learn to use a major FEA software tool (ANSYS/COMSOL) – still finalizing.
  7. Broaden/enhance modeling, problem-solving and written communication skills.


“Applied Finite Element Analysis,” Larry J. Segerlind, John Wiley & Sons, 2nd edition, 1984.

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   Computer Projects       


   Final Report




More information please refer to the full Syllabus.

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Prof. Joseph Irudayaraj
Department of Bioengineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign