University of Technology Sydney

49047 Finite Element Analysis

6cp; 3hpw; availability: all courses
Requisite(s): 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10061 Bachelor of Engineering Diploma Engineering Practice OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10066 Bachelor of Engineering Science OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C10067 Bachelor of Engineering OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09067 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Diploma Professional Engineering Practice OR 120 credit points of completed study in spk(s): C09066 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
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It is essential for structural engineers to have a basic understanding of the finite elements method to be able to model realistic structural behaviour. The main objectives of this subject are to help students acquire a fundamental knowledge of the finite elements technology, understand how different types of elements are produced, and develop an awareness of the context where these elements are used.

This subject is intended primarily for engineering students who wish to develop skills in finite element methodology. The course introduces fundamental concepts as well as practical implementations, of the finite element method.

This subject provides the theoretical basis for computer simulation and analysis of a vast spectrum of engineering problems. The method is used primarily in the field of structural mechanics to solve stress problems. This subject is intended as a first subject in finite elements and extends understanding of the method and its application to problems in solid/structural mechanics. Topics include: matrix analysis methods; the derivation of element stiffness matrices of bar and beam elements as well as stiffness matrices of triangular and quadrilateral elements for plane elasticity, shell and solid elements; work equivalent forces; the concept of natural coordinates and isoparametric element formulation; numerical integration and gauss points; finite element modelling techniques; and limitations, errors and solution accuracy of the Finite Element Method (FEM). This subject is also oriented toward users of the FEM and includes a hands-on laboratory component that requires the use of finite element programs in assignments.

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Spring session, City campus

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