CEG8309 : Finite Element Analysis in Structural Mechanics

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of the module is to enable successful candidates to understand fundamental principles of the finite element technologies, to have an appreciation of some advanced aspects and to demonstrate their application through the solution of a number of simulations.

The finite element method is described in the framework of structural mechanics, providing displacement, stress and strain solutions. The classical formulation of the finite element descriptions are used and applied to a number of benchmark problems. Detailed theoretical developments are also presented and assessed.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to fundamental principles of the finite element method in the context of structural mechanics:
Displacement-based elements for structural mechanics:
Co-ordinate transformation:
Numerical errors and convergence:
Introduction to plates and shells:
Introduction to finite elements in dynamics and vibrations:
Stress-stiffening and buckling:
Introduction to geometric and material non-linear problems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion280:3014:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture281:0028:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1133:00133:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Specialist knowledge and understanding are primarily imparted via lecture classes. Students are encouraged and expected to learn through independent reading and solutions to small group teaching problems.They are supported in this by the provision of an extensive set of notes, and small group teaching sessions.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A100Unseen written exam Part A multiple-choice. Part B extended questions.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The content of the course is technical and covers quite a lot of ground. The knowledge gained in the module is expected to be understanding and application. Therefore, the module is assessed via exam which has components of theory and practice.

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