Computational Mechanics

Course code MECH4400
Not available in 2016
Units 10
Level 4000

Description

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.

Availability

UoN Singapore

• Trimester 1 - 2017 (Singapore)
• Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)

Callaghan

• Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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.

Content

1. 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.

Assumed Knowledge

Mech2110 Engineering Design 1 Mech2420 Engineering Mechanics Mech2350 Engineering Dynamics 2

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Theory Based Assignment

Quiz: Mid Semester Quiz

Written Assignment: Model Based Assignment

Quiz: Strand 7 Quiz

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Lab Assignment

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact Hours

Callaghan and UoN Singapore

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Students enrolled in the part-time evening programme at UoN Singapore will receive equivalent instruction delivered in a block mode of 7 teaching weeks

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term