227-0160-00L  Fundamentals of Physical Modeling and Simulations

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersJ. Smajic
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


227-0160-00 VFundamentals of Physical Modeling and Simulations2 hrs
Mon10:15-12:00CHN C 14 »
J. Smajic
227-0160-00 UFundamentals of Physical Modeling and Simulations2 hrs
Mon08:15-10:00CHN C 14 »
J. Smajic
227-0160-00 PFundamentals of Physical Modeling and Simulations1 hrs
Tue13:15-14:00ETZ D 61.1 »
13:15-14:00ETZ D 61.2 »
13:15-14:00ETZ D 96.1 »
J. Smajic

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AbstractMathematical description of different physical phenomena and numerical methods for solving the obtained equations are discussed. The course presents the fundamentals of mathematical modeling including ordinary and partial differential equations along with boundary and initial conditions. Finite Difference Method and Finite Element Method for solving boundary value problems are shown in detail.
ObjectiveAfter completing this course a student will understand the main idea of representing physical phenomena with mathematical equations, will be able to apply an appropriate numerical method for solving the obtained equations, and will possess the knowledge to qualitatively evaluate the obtained results.
Contenta. Introduction to physical modeling and simulations
b. Numerical methods for solving boundary (initial) value problems
b.i. Finite difference method (FDM)
b.ii. Finite element method (FEM)
c. Boundary (initial) value problems of different physical phenomena
c.i. Static and dynamic electric current distribution in solid conductors
c.ii. Static und dynamic electric charge transport in semiconductors
c.iii. Induced eddy currents in low frequency range (with numerous examples from the area of electrical energy technology)
c.iv. Wave propagation in the RF-, microwave-, and optical frequency range (with numerous examples relevant for communication technology)
c.v. Static and dynamic temperature distribution in solid bodies (with numerous examples relevant for electrical energy technology)
c.vi. Static and dynamic mechanical structural analysis (with numerous examples from the area of MEMS technology)
Lecture notesLecture notes, Matlab programs, exercises and their solutions will be handed out.
LiteratureJ. Smajic, “How To Perform Electromagnetic Finite Element Analysis”, The International Association for the Engineering Modelling, Analysis & Simulation Community (NAFEMS), NAFEMS Ltd., Hamilton, UK, 2016.
Prerequisites / NoticeFundamentals of Electromagnetic Fields, and Bachelor Lectures on Physics.

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersJ. Smajic
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Written aidsNone
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