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Unit of study_

AERO9301: Applied Finite Element Analysis

This unit aims to teach fundamentals of modern numerical and analytical techniques for evaluating stresses, strains, deformations and strengths of representative aerospace structures. In particular the focus is on developing an understanding of: Fundamental concepts and formulations of the finite element methods for basic structural analysis; Elements for typical aerospace structures- such as beams/frames, plates/shells, and their applications and limitations; Finite element techniques for various types of problems pertinent to aerospace structures; and developing hands-on experience of using selected commercial finite element analysis program. At the end of this unit of study the following will have been covered: Introduction to Finite Element Method for modern structural and stress analysis; One-dimensional rod elements; Generalization of FEM for elasticity; Two- and three-dimensional trusses; FEA for beams and frames in 2D and 3D; Two-dimensional problems using constant strain triangular elements; The two-dimensional isoparametric elements; Plates and shells elements and their applications; FEA for axisymmetric shells and pressure vessels, shells of revolution; FEA for axisymmetric solids subjected to axi-symmetric loading; FEA for structural dynamics, eigenvalue analysis, modal response, transient response; Finite element analysis for stress stiffening and buckling of beams, plates and shells; Three-dimensional problems in stress analysis; Extensions to the element library, higher order elements, special elements; Constraints; FEA modeling strategy; FEA for heat conduction; FEA for non-linear material and geometric analysis.

Details

Academic unit Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic
Unit code AERO9301
Unit name Applied Finite Element Analysis
Session, year
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Semester 1, 2020
Attendance mode Normal day
Location Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Credit points 6

Enrolment rules

Prohibitions
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None
Prerequisites
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None
Corequisites
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None
Assumed knowledge
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AERO9360 or AERO8360 or MECH9361 or MECH8361. Linear algebra, calculus and partial differential equations, basic knowledge in solid mechanics 1 (AERO2301), basic knowledge in elasticity.

Available to study abroad and exchange students

No

Teaching staff and contact details

Coordinator Liyong Tong, liyong.tong@sydney.edu.au
Type Description Weight Due Length
Final exam hurdle task Final exam
45% Formal exam period 2 hours
Outcomes assessed: LO2 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Assignment group assignment Lab projects and report
15% Multiple weeks 11 problems
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
Assignment Assignment 1
4% Week 04 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Tutorial quiz Quiz 1
8% Week 05 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Assignment 2
4% Week 08 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Tutorial quiz Quiz 2
8% Week 10 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Assignment 3
4% Week 12 n/a
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO8 LO7 LO6 LO5 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment Major modelling project report
12% Week 13 15 pages
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8
hurdle task = hurdle task ?
group assignment = group assignment ?
  • Assignments: A penalty will be applied for late submission. Standard late penalty applies as outlined in Assessment Procedures 2011. 
  • Lab projects and report: There will be 11 example problems in total to be solved using STRAND7, ANSYS and/or NASTRAN. These will be undertaken in groups of two and marked jointly. All students are requested to attend and perform finite element analysis for the selected example problems.
  • Quizzes: Each quiz will be closed-book and held during lecture hour.
  • Major modelling project report: Each report should have problem statement, finite element modelling scheme, results and discussion, and concluding remarks. The report should be concise, informative and no mare than 15 pages including figures, tables, and references.
  • Final exam: This will be a closed-book exam. A student must get 40% in the final exam to pass the unit, regardless of the sum of his/her individual marks.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a high distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range

Description

High distinction

85 - 100

 

Distinction

75 - 84

 

Credit

65 - 74

 

Pass

50 - 64

 

Fail

0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

For more information see sydney.edu.au/students/guide-to-grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

This unit has an exception to the standard University policy or supplementary information has been provided by the unit coordinator. This information is displayed below:

Standard late penalty applies as outlined in Assessment Procedures 2011.

Special consideration

If you experience short-term circumstances beyond your control, such as illness, injury or misadventure or if you have essential commitments which impact your preparation or performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Academic integrity

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The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic dishonesty or plagiarism seriously.

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of dishonesty, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 1. Course profile, introduction to FEM for modern structural and stress analysis; 2. One-dimensional rod elements Lecture (2.5 hr) LO4
Week 02 1. Generalization of FEM for elasticity; 2. Two- and three-dimensional trusses Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 03 FEA for beams and frames in 2D and 3D Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6
Week 04 Two-dimensional problems using constant strain triangular elements Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 05 Two-dimensional isoparametric elements Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 06 Two-dimensional isoparametric elements Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr) LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7
Week 07 Plate and shell elements and applications Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr) LO7
Week 08 1. Axisymmetric solids subjected to axisymmetric loading; 2. FEA for axisymmetric shells and pressure vessels Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr) LO7
Week 09 1. Finite element methods for structural dynamics, eigenvalue analysis, modal response, transient response; 2. Fundamental concepts in structural dynamics, vibration of beams and plates Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO7 LO8
Week 10 FEA for stress stiffening and buckling Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO8
Week 11 1. Three-dimensional problems in stress analysis; 2. Natural coordinates systems & extensions to the element library, higher order elements Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr) LO7
Week 12 Constraints, and FEA modeling strategy Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO8
Week 13 1. FEA for non-linear material and geometric analysis; 2. Summary Lecture and tutorial (4.5 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5 LO6 LO7 LO8

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 6 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 120-150 hours of student effort in total.

Prescribed readings

All readings for this unit can be accessed on the Library eReserve link available on Canvas.

  • Concepts and Applications of Finite Element Analysis, R. D. Cook, D. S. Malkus and M. E. Plesha, 3rd edition, John Wiley & Sons, 1989
  • Introduction to Finite Elements in Engineering, T.R. Chandrupatla and A.D. Belegundu, 2nd edition, Prentice Hall, 1997

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University’s graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. work on a project with a team member, this includes rationally selecting a project, developing modeling details, interpreting results and writing professional report
  • LO2. interpret, justify and communicate the numerical results in a professional manner
  • LO3. use selected commercial FEA package and gain hands-on experience, including developing modeling strategy and debugging
  • LO4. understand fundamental concepts of finite element methods
  • LO5. understand and be able to derive shape functions, stiffness matrices and equivalent load vectors for selected element
  • LO6. assemble the global stiffness matrix and global equivalent load vector
  • LO7. understand the difference of elements and their application scopes and limitations
  • LO8. use different solvers to solve different types of structure problems, including aerospace structures.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities
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No significant changes have been made since this unit was last offered.

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