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MEC3014 : Computational Modelling (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Francis Franklin
  • Lecturer: Professor Nilanjan Chakraborty, Mr Robert Davidson, Dr Umair Ahmed
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 15
ECTS Credits: 8.0


To give students an introduction to major software packages for modelling, analysis and control, that will form the basis of computational awareness of capability and pit-falls, and so to prepare students for both future academic study and the reality of industry increasingly reliant on highly sophisticated and multi-functional software.

Outline Of Syllabus

Stress analysis project:
o       Design of a structural mechanism in Inventor
o       Introduction to ANSYS – loading and static analysis of a single body
o       Static analysis of multi-part structures in ANSYS; identifying and controlling contacts
o       Laboratory testing of designed mechanisms
o       Post-test analysis of the structure's response to loading; comparison with ANSYS predictions.

o       Introduction to mesh generation software (ANSYS DesignModeller) and CFD solvers (ANSYS Fluent). Application of software to laminar and turbulent flow systems. Computations issues – mesh refinement, grid independence, boundary conditions.
o       Fundamental equations of fluid mechanics. Finite-difference and finite-volume methods, order of accuracy. Application to fluid transport equations – upwinding, boundary/symmetry conditions, pressure correction. Turbulence modelling.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Preparation for end of semester exam.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion212:0024:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submissions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture161:0016:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical242:0048:00Extended activity (computer cluster) to apply taught material, develop professional skills
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study150:0050:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures used to introduce concepts, theory and case studies. Practicals for teaching FE and supporting coursework. Private study time to complete coursework exercise.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M50Design, make, test logbook (max 10.5 hours).
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Coursework exercise used to assess ability to effectively carry out design, modelling and analysis. The coursework provides an appropriate way to assess practical problem solving skills.

The examination provide an appropriate way to asses both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills under time constraint as required in industry.

Study abroad students considering this module should contact the School to discuss its availability and assessment.

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