Detailed module information
Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.
The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.
Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook, for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.
Finite Element Analysis and Applications B
The aim of the module is to teach the students to be able to use Finite Element programs in a practical way to solve problems in linear elastic stress analysis. A student who has studied the module should be able, in a later industrial setting, to undertake the analysis of real problems with a fair understanding of sensible modelling procedures. In support of this, the module is split into two stages: (1) Theoretical study of the Finite Element method, with emphasis on understanding what goes on inside a typical, modern, commercial program; (2) Practical experience in analysis using an industry-standard, interactive, Finite Element program. This is a level 7 variant of the level 6 FEAA module and students cannot take both for credit towards their final degree.
ECTS units: 5
On successfully completing this module, students will be able to:
1. Explain the basic theoretical principles of the Finite Element Method,
2. Employ industry standard software for interactive FE model generation, analysis and post processing of results.
3. Interpret the output from this software critically and intelligently in order to yield the required information,
4. Formulate the boundary conditions of a problem in a suitable form for correct analysis
5. Assess alternative strategies (of element type, mesh design, boundary condition defintion etc) for economical and accurate FE modelling of specific 2D, 3D and axisymmetric structural problems.
6. Create a professional report on the FEA analysis of a practical problem
|Assessment type||Assessment description||Weighting||Pass mark||Must pass?|
|Examination||3 Hour exam||60%||50%||N|
|Coursework||4 small task reports||20%||50%||N|
|Coursework||Report on long task||20%||50%||N|