The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in , 2019
Course code

MECH4400

Units

10 units

Level

4000 level

Course handbook

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

PSB Singapore

    Callaghan

    • Semester 1 - 2019

    Learning outcomes

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

    1. Discuss the finite element method and its strengths and weaknesses

    2. Undertake a finite element analysis on a simple structure using analytical techniques

    3. Use shape functions

    4. Analyse the natural frequency and mode shape for reduced degree of freedom systems

    5. Build and solve finite elements models using a commercially available package for linear static, steady state thermal and dynamic and vibration analyses

    6. Determine natural frequencies of vibration through experimentation


    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 PSB Singapore

    Computer Lab

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

    Lecture

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

    Lectorial

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