Finite Element Analysis (CE6024)
(Finite Element Analysis (CE6024))

Module Objective: To give the students an in-depth understanding of the Finite Element Method with some practical experience in developing and using a simple 2D FE analysis program.

Module Content: Matrix analysis of structures; introduction to continuous and discrete systems; the FE displacement method; shape functions; curvilinear co-ordinate systems and element mapping; numerical integration; variational methods; method of weighted residuals (MWR); time dependent problems; derived response smoothing and error analysis.
The development of a primitive 2D FEA program from the principles covered in the lectures and using the student's programming environment of choice.