Introduction to Computational Mechanics, 6 credits (TMHL63)

Introduktion till beräkningsmekanik, 6 hp

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Level

First cycle

Course type

Programme course

Examiner

Kjell Simsonsson

Director of studies or equivalent

Peter Schmidt

Available for exchange students

Yes
Course offered for Semester Period Timetable module Language Campus VOF
6MAER Aeronautical Engineering, Master's Programme 1 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6MMEC Mechanical Engineering, Master's Programme 1 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CMMM Mechanical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering 4 (Spring 2017) 2 1 Swedish Linköping o
6CDPU Design and Product Development (Product Development - Engineering Design and manufacturing) 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping o
6CDPU Design and Product Development 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - French 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - Japanese 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - Spanish 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - German 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Linköping v
6CIEI Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering - Chinese 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 Linköping v
6CIII Industrial Engineering and Management, M Sc in Engineering 7 (Autumn 2017) 2 3 English Linköping v

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Course level

First cycle

Advancement level

G2X

Course offered for

  • Aeronautical Engineering, Master's Programme
  • Mechanical Engineering, Master's Programme
  • Mechanical Engineering, M Sc in Engineering
  • Design and Product Development
  • Industrial Engineering and Management - International, M Sc in Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Management, M Sc in Engineering

Entry requirements

Note: Admission requirements for non-programme students usually also include admission requirements for the programme and threshold requirements for progression within the programme, or corresponding.

Prerequisites

Linear algebra, multi-variable calculus and basic courses in engineering mechanics, solid mechanics, heat conduction, fluid mechanics and engineering materials

Intended learning outcomes

The course aims at giving the student

  • an insight into the use of computational techniques in applied mechanics
  • an insight into how technical computations are used in the design process
  • a basic theoretical understanding of the completely dominating computational method, namely the Finite Element Method/FEM
  • the ability to independently solve not too advanced problems by using a well known commercial FE software
It is to be noted that the focus in the course will be placed more on the applications of the Finite Element Method than on its theoretical details. The application fields that will mainly be discussed in the course are static solid mechanics and stationary heat conduction. Furthermore, an orientation regarding the use of FEM in other application fields such as transient dynamics, structural optimisation, material mechanics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer will also be given. The evaluation of results including material-related aspects will be a standing issue in the course. At the end of the course, the student shall be able to
  • give an account of how computations are used in the design process
  • give an account of the theoretical basis of FEM
  • give an account of the inherent structure of an FE program
  • give an account of potential sources of error associated with FE analyses
  • use a well known FE software to solve not too advanced problems
  • give an account of the importance of result evaluation with respect to e.g. material aspects

Course content

  • Introduction into the use of computational techniques in applied mechanics
  • Stress analysis of 2-dimensional rod structures/trusses (with the direct stiffness method); applications, basic relations, matrix problem formulation, laboratory work
  • Linear elastic stress analysis of 2- and 3-dimensional solid bodies; applications, basic relations, FE formulation, laboratory work
  • One- and multi-dimensional heat conduction analysis; applications, basic relations, FE formulation, laboratory work
  • Orientation regarding other application fields for FEM such as transient dynamics, structural optimisation, material mechanics, fluid mechanics and heat transfer, including laboratory work
  • Evaluation of results including material-related questions (standing issue in the course)

Teaching and working methods

Lectures, teaching classes and laboratory work

Examination

TEN1Written examinationU, 3, 4, 53 credits
LAB2Mandatory assignmentsU, G3 credits
For higher degree than 3 optional laboratory assignments has to be done.

Grades

Four-grade scale, LiU, U, 3, 4, 5

Other information

Supplementary courses: Advanced courses in the field of applied mechanics (engineering mechanics, solid mechanics, heat conduction, fluid mechanics and engineering materials).

Department

Institutionen för ekonomisk och industriell utveckling

Director of Studies or equivalent

Peter Schmidt

Examiner

Kjell Simsonsson

Course website and other links

http://www.solid.iei.liu.se/Education/

Education components

Preliminary scheduled hours: 70 h
Recommended self-study hours: 90 h

Course literature

Fastställs senare
Fastställs senare
TEN1 Written examination U, 3, 4, 5 3 credits
LAB2 Mandatory assignments U, G 3 credits
For higher degree than 3 optional laboratory assignments has to be done.

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