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ES4B5 - Finite Element Methods

  • Module code: ES4B5
  • Module name: Finite Element Methods
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The main objective of the module is to provide a practical training in Engineering design using finite element methods. Design is at the heart of what professional engineers do. When components have complex construction, shape, and general boundary conditions (loading and restraint) the designer will often use finite element methods to determine their structural integrity. The first half of the module aims at introducing the fundamental principles of the modelling for statics and dynamics analyses. In the second half of the module the student’s will be taught how to use the method in practice and to critically assess and evaluate the results. The module aims to provide an introduction to this important stress analysis technique, and by way of case studies shows how it may be used to design components.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: recognise the significance and importance of finite element methods to the professional design engineer; provide a theoretical understanding on the fundamentals of finite element methods for small displacement linear elastic analysis (statics); provided an introduction of non-linear finite element method; Provide experience in analysing problems by commercial FE software (Abaqus); provide experience on how to develop good models and how to interpret the numerical results in design.

Timetabled teaching activities

Spring. This module includes 20 hours of lectures and 20 hours of computer labs. Required self-study: 120 hours

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year4/es4b5

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES4B5-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Individual Project 70%
  1.5 hour examination (Summer) 30%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (part year) visiting 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
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  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 5
  • MEng Engineering (H10C) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10D) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10G) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10K) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10L) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering (H10M) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 5
  • Postgraduate Sustainable Energy Technologies (H1A0) - Year 2
  • MEng Civil Engineering (H20A) - Year 4
  • MEng Civil Engineering (H20B) - Year 4
  • MEng Civil Engineering (H211) - Year 4
  • MEng Civil Engineering with Intercalated Year (H212) - Year 5
  • MEng Civil Engineering with Year in Research (H213) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30G) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30H) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H30P) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H311) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (H312) - Year 5
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (H313) - Year 5