ENGME540-21A (HAM)

Finite Element Analysis

15 Points

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Modeling and computer simulation of engineering systems is widely used for research and by industry. This paper introduces the Finite Element Method, in which a physical system is subdivided into a number of finite elements for which the mathematical equations representing relevant physical laws such as equilibrium equation, Newton's second law or heat transfer equations are applied elementwise and then the final equations are assembled and solved. It builds on knowledge in a wide range of subject areas including mathematics, computing, dynamics, mechanics of materials and thermofluids. It requires students to be able to both write their own programming code (Matlab) and use commercial software, to implement the Finite Element Method (FEM) to solve engineering problems.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • 1. determine displacements and stresses in skeletal structural elements by minimizing the total potential energy using the Rayleigh-Ritz Method
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  • 2. determine displacements and stresses in skeletal structural elements and temperature distribution in heat transfer problems by solving the partial differential equations using the Galerkin Method
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  • 3. develop MATLAB codes and solve simple Finite Element Analysys (FEA) problems in axial loading, bending, heat transfer
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  • 4. develop MATLAB codes for determining natural frequencies, critical loads and modes of simple structures
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  • 5. calculate stresses and displacements of mechanical structures and components using an FEA software package
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  • 6. determine the natural frequencies, critical loads and modes of mechanical structures and components using an FEA software package
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Test 1: Finite Element Analysis (FEA) theory
15 Apr 2021
12:00 PM
25
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Test 2: FEA theory
3 Jun 2021
12:00 PM
25
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Matlab Assignments
22
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. ANSYS (FEA Software) Assignments
28
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Software manuals will be available and Lecture outline notes will be provided. Additional recommended reading for FEA:

Most handouts for this section of the paper, will be available on Moodle for students to download.

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Recommended Readings

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A First Course in the Finite Element Method by Daryl L. Logan 4th Edition, Thomson, 2007.

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Online Support

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A Moodle site will operate for this paper. Students are expected to use Moodle; for example announcements made there are expected to be read. No printed notes will be given out by the lecturer; all documentation will be placed on Moodle.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.
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Workload

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Contact Hours: Lectures 22; Laboratories 48; Tutorial 11; Tests 4; Total 85

Non-contact hours: Assignments 21; Review after lectures 24; Preparation for tests 20; Total 65.

Contact hours + Non-contact hours; 150 hours

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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is an elective part of the Bachelor of Engineering and is particularly suitable for the Mechanical Engineering programme.
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: ENGMP213 or ENGCV212 or ENMP213

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Restricted papers: ENME440

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