6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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Prof Wenyi Yan (Clayton)
- First semester 2017 (Day)
Finite element analysis (FEA) in computer-aided design; finite element formulation; first-order and second-order elements; stiffness matrix; integration points and stress recovery; convergence and mesh refinement; FEA of plane stress and plane strain problems; FEA of axisymmetric problems; FEA of nonlinear materials; FEA of contact problems; FEA of large deformation problems; FEA of dynamic problems; FEA of fracture mechanics.
At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:
- Identify the basic theories, terminologies and concepts related to the application of the finite element method in computer-aided design of structures, including aircraft structures.
- Select correct element types and designs proper mesh to obtain accurate results from a finite element analysis.
- Generate finite element models for truss structures, plane stress, plane strain, axisymmetric and general 3D structural problems.
- Apply a commonly-used commercial software to carry out finite element analyses on different structural problems.
- Identify the basic theories and concepts of advanced solid mechanics, such as nonlinear materials, contact mechanics, finite deformation and fracture mechanics.
- Use finite element analyses on advanced solid mechanics problems.
Continuous assessment: 60%
Examination (2 hours): 40%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.
2 hours of lectures, 2 hours of laboratory/tutorial classes and 8 hours of private study per week.
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