Applied Finite Element Analysis (AERO5301)


The finite element method. Philosophy. Matrix algebra. Matrix analysis of structures. Generalisation of the finite element method in elasticity for static, dynamic and thermal analysis. Rod elements. Beams. Triangular elements for plane stress. Natural coordinate systems. Introduction to plate and shell theory. Theories and analysis in structural stability. Three dimensional elements. Modelling strategies. Isoparametric elements, accuracy and convergence. Applications of finite element modelling in solid mechanics. Practical modelling of real structures will be done; a 'hands-on' approach will be taken.

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2.5 hours of lectures and 3 hours of workgroup session per week


Through semester assessment (55%), Final Exam (45%)

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AERO5310 OR MECH5361

Assumed knowledge: AMME5301 or BE in area of Aerospace Engineering or related Engineering field.

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