ENGME54021A (HAM)
Finite Element Analysis
15 Points
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Ilanko Ilanko
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ilanko@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description
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.
Paper Structure
This paper is taught through lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions.
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Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
Assessment
Assessment Components
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam.
Required and Recommended Readings
Required Readings
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.
Recommended Readings
A First Course in the Finite Element Method by Daryl L. Logan 4th Edition, Thomson, 2007.
Online Support
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.Workload
Contact Hours: Lectures 22; Laboratories 48; Tutorial 11; Tests 4; Total 85
Noncontact hours: Assignments 21; Review after lectures 24; Preparation for tests 20; Total 65.
Contact hours + Noncontact hours; 150 hours
Linkages to Other Papers
Prerequisite(s)
Prerequisite papers: ENGMP213 or ENGCV212 or ENMP213
Restriction(s)
Restricted papers: ENME440