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Archived Version 2008 - 2009

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
To provide the students with experience in the use of finite element methods as part of the design cycle. 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  Be capable of using FEM techniques to analyse engineering problems Be able to critically evaluate the results from a finite element analysis Understand the theorethical basis underpinning finite element formulations 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

 Essential: Practical Stress Analysis with Finite Elements, Mac Donald BJ,
Glasnevin, 2007

Programme or List of Programmes
MEDMB.Eng. in Medical Mechanical Engineering