CIVL5458: Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering (2013 - Semester 1)
|Unit:||CIVL5458: Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering (6 CP)|
Dr Alonso-Marroquin, Fernando
|Session options:||Semester 1|
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|Brief Handbook Description:||Objectives:
The objective of this unit is to provide students with fundamental knowledge of finite element analysis and how to apply this knowledge to the solution of civil engineering problems at intermediate and advanced levels.
At the end of this unit, students should acquire knowledge of methods of formulating finite element equations, basic element types, the use of finite element methods for solving problems in structural, geotechnical and continuum analysis and the use of finite element software packages. The syllabus comprises introduction to finite element theory, analysis of bars, beams and columns, and assemblages of these structural elements; analysis of elastic continua; problems of plane strain, plane stress and axial symmetry; use, testing and validation of finite element software packages; and extensions to apply this knowledge to problems encountered in engineering practice.
On completion of this unit, students will have gained the following knowledge and skills:
1. Knowledge of methods of formulating finite element equations. This will provide students with an insight into the principles at the basis of the FE elements available in commercial FE software.
2. Knowledge of basic element types. Students will be able to evaluate the adequacy of different elements in providing accurate and reliable results.
3. Knowledge of the use of finite element methods for solving problems in structural and geotechnical engineering applications. Students will be exposed to some applications to enable them to gain familiarity with FE analyses.
4. Knowledge of the use of finite element programming and modeling.
5. Extended knowledge of the application of FE to solve civil engineering problems.
Dr Alonso-Marroquin, Fernando
|T&L Activities:||Tutorial: Tutorial sessions are held in (i) appropriate university computing laboratories for “hands-on” access to the analysis methods by students and (ii) class environments to gain a better inside into the theory and analytical formulation of the finite element method.
Laboratory: Use of programming and available software for the modelling of finite element problems.
Independent Study: Many learning and tutorial exercises rely on the use of programming and commercial software. Students can work on these tasks in their own time.
Demonstration: Demonstrations of a finite element programming and computer package. These demonstrations provide an introduction to the common features of the software packages used in industry for finite element analysis.
Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.
|Attribute Development Method||Attribute Developed|
|Through identification of the role of finite element techniques in modern engineering analysis and design.||Design (Level 4)|
|By investigation of challenging engineering problems during assignments, using computer-based methods of structural mechanics.||Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)|
|By developing awareness of the available software packages for finite element analysis.||Information Seeking (Level 1)|
|Through the need to complete written assignments.||Communication (Level 1)|
For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.
Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.Design (Level 4)
Assignment: Opportunity to demonstrate in-depth understanding of key topics and concepts - 5 tutorials (4 x 5%, 1 x 10%)
Quiz: Two quizzes afford an opportunity to demonstrate a grasp of the important concepts and applications of the finite element method (20% written, 20% oral).
|Policies & Procedures:||All university policies can be found at http://sydney.edu.au/policy
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Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
|Note on Resources:|
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
|Week 1||Introduction to weak and strong formulations. Introduction to the Finite Element Method.|
|Week 2||Finite element derivation based on the weak formulation. Principles of the stiffness method.|
|Week 3||Truss and frame analysis.|
|Week 4||Interpolation functions. Stress-strain relationships.|
|Week 5||Quiz 1|
|Week 6||Formulation of Stress-Strain Relations, Plane stress, Plane strain, Axi-symmetric analysis|
|Week 7||Applications of the FE method. Quiz 1.|
|Week 8||Rectangular and triangular FE elements.|
|Week 9||Project Brief / Quiz 2|
|Week 10||Modelling of bucking, geometric non-linearity.|
|Week 11||Modelling of material non-linearity.|
|Week 12||Dynamic Analysis.|
|Assessment Due: Project Presentation and Report|
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
|Design (Level 4)||Yes||44.99%|
|Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)||Yes||27.49%|
|Information Seeking (Level 1)||Yes||27.49%|
|Communication (Level 1)||Yes||0%|
These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.