MEC3019 : Structural Optimisation and Crashworthiness
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Francis Franklin
- Lecturer: Dr Julian Happian-Smith
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||15|
To introduce advanced structural analysis and its use to both optimise structural performance (in terms of strength-weight ratio and production cost) and ensure safety, particularly in transport applications (light-weight, crashworthy vehicles and structures).
Outline Of Syllabus
- Response of structures and structural elements to static and dynamic loading, including impact.
- Composite materials as structural elements.
- Materials selection for low-cost, light-weight and high-performance applications.
- Cost, sustainability and dynamic response as drivers for structural optimization; examples of optimised structures.
- Definition of crashworthiness, legislative framework and required test regimes in various transport systems; examples of energy absorbing structures.
- Optimisation of transport structures, involving (i) development of outline designs, (ii) classical stress analysis, and (iii) study of performance, weight, and safety trade-offs.
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||1:00||1:00||Semester 1 examination.|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||15:00||30:00||Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||24||0:30||12:00||Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||12||2:00||24:00||Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||12||2:00||24:00||Practical seminars to support independent study and reinforce skills practise|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||59:00||59:00||Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes|
Teaching Rationale And Relationship
Lectures used to introduce concepts, theory and case studies. Practicals for teaching f.e. analysis and supporting coursework. Private study time to complete coursework exercise.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Report||1||M||25||Individual report on coursework exercise (max 15 hours)|
|Report||1||M||25||Individual report on coursework exercises. (max 15 hours)|
Assessment Rationale And Relationship
Coursework exercise used to assess ability to effectively carry out design, modelling and analysis; written exam to assess understanding of underpinning theory and occupational awareness.
For the purposes of professional body accreditation, in order to obtain a passing mark overall for this module (40%) at the first attempt the minimum acceptable mark for each of the assessment items specified below shall be 30%, with the maximum possible module overall mark where this is not the case being restricted to 35% (Undergraduate Progress Regulations 30):
(1) 50% Exam
(2) 50% Assignments