MEC3014 : Computational Modelling
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Francis Franklin
- Lecturer: Dr Richard Whalley, Professor Nilanjan Chakraborty
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||15|
To give students an introduction to major software packages for modeling, 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
o Introduction to Arduino-style real-time control and sensor feedback in a virtual environment.
o Introduction to class/object-based programming in Matlab or Python.
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.
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||18||1:00||18:00||Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||2:00||2:00||Examination|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||10:00||10:00||Preparation for end of semester exam.|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||3||12:00||36:00||Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submissions|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||42||2:00||84:00||Extended activity (computer cluster) to apply taught material, develop professional skills|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures used to introduce concepts, theory and case studies. Practicals for teaching programming and FE and supporting coursework. Private study time to complete coursework exercise.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Module Code||Module Title||Semester||Comment|
|MEC8043||Software in the Professional Engineering Context||1||N/A|
|Report||1||M||40||Design, make, test logbook (max 10.5 hours).|
|Report||1||M||15||Application of CFD software to study Laminar/Turbulent Flow (12 hours).|
|Report||1||M||25||Programming (max 7.5 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.