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Multi-Physics Modelling and Simulation

année académique

Titulaire(s) du cours

Johan GYSELINCK (Coordonnateur)

Crédits ECTS


Langue(s) d'enseignement


Contenu du cours

The prime focus is on the resolution of 2D and 3D low-frequency electromagnetic problems by means of the finite-element method and the ONELAB open-source software, but other physics and modelling methods are dealt with. See the list below.

Scope of the course:

  • physics covered: electromagnetics (electrokinetics, magnetostatics, magnetodynamics), thermics (heat conduction), elasticity, and their coupling, plus optimisation

  • modelling methods: mostly the finite-element (FE) method, but also finite-difference and equivalent-circuit modelling, and analytical resolution

  • space dimensions: 1D, 2D and 3D problems

  • time dimension: static, time-stepping, phasor-based and eigenvalue problems

Used Software:

Objectifs (et/ou acquis d'apprentissages spécifiques)

  • have a general overview of the various numerical and analytical methods that are available and commonly used to solve PDEs and boundary-value problems

  • understand the mathematical basis of these methods

  • revise the various physics and related material modelling

  • use extensively the open-source ONELAB/Gmsh/GetDP software and appreciate its great flexibility

  • become aware of and critical about various practical issues, e.g. mesh density and accuracy

Méthodes d'enseignement et activités d'apprentissages

  • lectures, with live demonstration of the software and active participation of the students

  • exercises and tests with the software

Contribution au profil d'enseignement

This teaching unit contributes to the following competences:

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of exact sciences with the specificity of their application to engineering

  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of the advanced methods and theories to schematize and model complex problems or processes

  • Has a broad scientific knowledge, understanding and skills to be able to design, produce and maintain complex mechanical, electrical and/or energy systems with a focus on products, systems and services.

Support(s) de cours

  • Université virtuelle

Autres renseignements


Johan Gyselinck, johan.gyselinck@ulb.be
BEAMS department, Electrical Energy research unit, ULB




Méthode(s) d'évaluation

  • Examen écrit
  • Examen pratique

Examen écrit

Examen pratique

Construction de la note (en ce compris, la pondération des notes partielles)

Written exam in January/September, with questions on theory and application (around 50% of the grade), and with exercises using the software (around 50% of the grade).

Langue(s) d'évaluation

  • anglais