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Archived Version 2006 - 2007

Module Title Finite Element Design Analysis
Module Code MM421
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Bryan Mac DonaldOffice NumberS380
Level 4 Credit Rating 0
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
7 To provide the students with experience in the use of finite element methods as part of the design cycle 7 To focus on the engineering of the solution by providing hands-on experience for the students in the analysis of case studies, supplemented by an overview of the theorethical analysis.

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module, the student will 7 Be capable of using FEM techniques to analyse engineering problems 7 Be able to critically evaluate the results from a finite element analysis 7 Understand the theorethical basis underpinning finite element formulations 7 Interface the finite element analysis with CAD and other design tools

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 0
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 75

Total 75
Assume that a 0 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
· Introduction : the finite element method, FEM and the design process · Overview of FE theory: direct method, minimum potential energy methods, weighted residuals methods. · Preprocessing : model building, theoretical and practical concerns · Element Formulation: derivation of shape functions in 1D, 2D and 3D, element types and their applications · Solution Overview: theorethical methods, bandwith issues, practical concerns, types of analysis and their applications · Post processing: theorethical and practical issues · Model validation and error estimation techniques, convergence issues · Practical Case studies: static stress analysis, modal analysis, thermal analysis, basic fluid/structure interaction analysis. · Relevant case studies from engineering journals · Use of the ANSYS software package.
Continuous Assessment40% Examination Weight60%
Indicative Reading List
Finite Element Analysis : Theory and Application with Ansys, Saeed Moaveni, 2nd Edition, Prentice Hall, 2003 Finite Element Proceadures, K.J. Bathe, Prentice Hall, 1996 Finite element analysis : theory and practice, M.J. Fagan, Longman Scientific & Technical; Wiley, 1992 Building better products with finite element analysis, V. Adams, OnWord, 1999.
Programme or List of Programmes
CAMB.Eng. Mechanical & Manufacturing Eng
MEDMB.Eng. in Medical Mechanical Engineering