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Archived Version 2007 - 2008

Module Title Numerical Methods and Finite Element Analysis
Module Code MM524
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Bryan Mac DonaldOffice NumberS380
Level 5 Credit Rating 7.5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
To introduce postgraduate engineering students to the application of numerical methods in engineering analysis, particularly the finite element method. To provide the students with practical experience in the use of the finite element method as part of the design cycle. To provide the students with a solid theoretical background to the finite element method. To bring the students to a level that they will be able to apply the finite element method to the solution of engineering problems

Learning Outcomes
On completion of this module, the student will have an understanding of the various numerical methods used to analyse engineering problems. have a deep and intuitive understanding of the nature and role of the finite element method in the treatment of engineering problems. have an understanding of how computer aided engineering analysis interfaces with and effects the design process.  have mastered the necessary skills and knowledge to make effective use of a commercial finite element analysis software package in understanding and solving engineering problems.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 24
Tutorials 36
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 52.5

Total 112.5
Assume that a 7.5 credit module load represents approximately 112.5 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 to Numerical Analysis Techniques : FEM, FDM, BEM etc.Introduction to the finite element method, FEM and the design process, Advantages and DisadvantagesGeneral Concepts of the FEM: Discretization to solution to PostprocessingExamples of "paper based" FEA :Truss Analysis and Simple two dimensional problemsComputer Implementation of the FEM : Mesh generation, Solution methods, post-processing, validationModel Building: elements, geometry definition, material definition, boundary conditionsModelling Techniques: element choice, use of symmetry, mesh design and refinement, model checking etc.Model validity and accuracyResults ProcessingAnalysis Types: Linear and Non-linear, Stress Analysis, Modal Analysis, Thermal and Fluid AnalysisCase Studies: Problem Definition, Finite Element Solution, Results Processing, Experimental Validation
Continuous Assessment40% Examination Weight60%
Indicative Reading List

Essential: Practical Stress Analysis with Finite Elements, Mac Donald BJ,
Glasnevin, 2007, Supplementary: 1. Finite Element Procedures, Bathe, K.J.,
Prentice Hall, 1996 2. Finite Element Analysis - Theory and Practice, Fagan,
M.J., Longman, 1992 3. Building Better Products with Finite Element Analysis,
Adams, V, Onword, 1999 4. Finite Element Analysis - Theory and Practice with
ANSYS, Moaveni, S., Prentice Hall, 1999

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