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Module

MEC3028 : Computational Modelling

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Umair Ahmed
  • Lecturer: Professor Nilanjan Chakraborty, Mr Robert Davidson
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

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:
- Design of a structural component or assembly in Autodesk Inventor
- Introduction to ANSYS – loading, constraints and static analysis of a single body
- Static analysis of multi-part assemblies in ANSYS, identifying and controlling contacts
- Laboratory testing of objects designed
- Post-test analysis of the structure's response to loading & comparison with ANSYS predictions.

Computational Fluid Dynamics:
- Introduction to mesh generation software (ANSYS DesignModeller) and CFD solvers (ANSYS Fluent). Application of the software to engineering flow problems. Computational issues – mesh refinement, grid independence, boundary conditions.
- 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.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials50:403:20Non-synchronous CFD
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials120:204:00Non-synchronous lecture material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion112:0012:00Study time for assessment preparation and completion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical10:300:30PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Synchronous online CFD
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops10:300:30PiP Hook Test
Guided Independent StudyProject work120:0020:00Student time to complete tasks and assessment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery62:0012:00Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study146:4046:40Independent Study
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Synchronous/non-synchronous learning material used to introduce concepts, theory and case studies. PiP for teaching FE and supporting coursework. Private study time to complete coursework exercise.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M50CFD Assignment
Report1M50FEA Report
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.

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