Computational Mechanics

Course code MECH4400Units 10Level 4000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

This course introduces students to the finite element method and its implementation for linear static, dynamic and steady state heat analyses. Fundamental aspects of finite element theory are introduced including the derivation and interpretation of stiffness matrices and shape functions. The course will also involve the use of a commercially available finite element software package to give students some “practical” experience.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
UoN SingaporeTrimester 3
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
ObjectivesOn successfully completion of this course students should:
1. Have a sound understanding of the finite element method its strengths and weaknesses;
2. Be able to undertake a finite element analysis on a simple structure using analytical techniques;
3. Understand and be able to use shape functions;
4. Be able to determine analytically the natural frequency and mode shape for reduced degree of
freedom systems;
5. Be able to successfully build and solve finite elements model using a commercially available package
for linear static, steady state thermal and dynamic and vibration analyses.
6. Experimentally determine natural frequencies of vibration.
Content1.Introduction to the finite element method including solving linear static problems with spring and bar-element systems;
2.Implementation of shape functions in the finite element method;
3.Dynamic analysis using the finite element method;
4.Thermal analysis using the finite element method;
5.Use of a range of elements in a commercially available finite element software package to predict deflections, level of stress and temperature, natural frequencies of vibration and vibration modes in structures.
Replacing Course(s)Mech3200 - Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (10 units)
Mech3500 - Vibrations, Acoustics & Condition Monitoring (10 units)
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeMech2110 Engineering Design 1
Mech2420 Engineering Mechanics
Mech2350 Engineering Dynamics 2
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Examination: Class
Essays / Written AssignmentsProgressive assessment to assess each student's understanding of the theory, and their ability to correctly use a finite element software package.
Examination: Formal
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for MECH4400