Available in 2017, 2018
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.

### Availability2017 Course Timetables2018 Course Timetables

#### PSB Singapore

• Trimester 3 - 2017 (Singapore)
• Trimester 3 - 2018 (Singapore)

#### Callaghan

• Semester 2 - 2017
• Semester 2 - 2018

### 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

##### Laboratory

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