Undergraduate Course: Finite Element Methods for Solids and Structures 4 (CIVE10022)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The finite element method (FEM) originated from the need to solve complex problems in solid mechanics. FEM is used to obtain approximate numerical solutions to a variety of equations of calculus. Today it is used in a wide range of disciplines. This course is an introduction to FEM as applied to elasticity problems in solid and structural mechanics. As FEA is a computational tool, this course includes practical exercises and a computer project using an FEM software package.
The course covers the following topics:
- Basics of the Finite Element Method.
- FE terminology, analysis steps, and input/output.
- FE Modelling: degrees of freedom; stress-strain and strain-displacement relations.
- Virtual Work Basis of Finite Element Method
- Triangular elements and numerical integration
- Quadrilateral elements and isoparametric formulations
- Beam elements for Structural Mechanics
AHEP outcomes: SM1b, SM3b, SM5m, EA2, EA3m, G1; Possible outcomes: EA6m, D3m, P2, P8
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 10,
Formative Assessment Hours 5,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Through short formative assessments and the project.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe the procedures which the finite element method uses to analyse elastic solid structures;
- Solve simple finite element problems by hand calculations.
- Analyse elastic structures using computer programs, showing results in appropriate formats.
- Assess the correctness of finite-element output and interpret the results.
1. Cook, RD; Malkus, DS; Plesha, ME; Witt, RJ. Concepts and Applications of Finite Element Analysis, Wiley, 2002.
2. Zienkiewicz, OC; Taylor, RL. The Finite Element Method for Solid and Structural Mechanics, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005.
3. Bathe, KJ. Finite Element Procedures, Prentice Hall, 1996.
4. Smith, IM; Griffiths, DV. Programming the Finite Element Method, Wiley, 2004.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Application of Mathematical concepts.
Computer Modelling skills.
Interpreting design problems.
|Keywords||Numerical Methods,solid mechanics,elasticity,computational modelling
|Course organiser||Dr Stefanos Papanicolopulos
Tel: (0131 6)50 7214
|Course secretary||Miss Margaret Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5565