The module descriptors for this programme can be found below.

Finite Element Analysis

Module aims

  • Understand the basic principles of FE
  • Understand practical modelling issues
  • Assess an FE solution (quality control)
  • Hands-on experience with a commercial FE package

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to:

  • Perform linear elastic FE analysis of basic structural elements: Element types, meshing techniques.
  • Model composite laminated structure: Use shell elements with laminate material definition; Obtain ply stresses (including residual stress) and global deflections
  • Assess inter-laminar stresses: Model free edge effect in laminate; Model progressive delamination with cohesive elements

Skills and other attributes
On successfully completing this course unit, students will have had practice in the following skills:

  • Intellectual skills: Engineering analysis
  • Practical skills: Use of commercial FE package (Abaqus)

Module syllabus

Introduction and Basic Principles: Background to the Finite Element Method; Working with the Complete Abaqus Environment.
Solid Mechanics Examples for hands on work: Example 1 Cantilever beam (1D): Element type selection, p/h refinement; Example 2 Thin panel with a hole (2D): Convergence and solution validation; Example 3 3D Panel with a hole (3D): Solid/Shell elements; Example 4 Composite laminate plate (3D): Laminated composite; residual stresses/warping; Example 5: Double Cantilever Beam (2D); Delamination propagation modelling, cohesive elements.



Teaching methods

The course is presented using a combination of the whiteboard, Powerpoint presentation and pre-printed notes.



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