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ME-802 Finite Element Methods
Campus College of E&ME
Programs PG
Session Spring Semester 2017
Course Title Finite Element Methods
Course Code ME-802
Credit Hours 3-0
Pre-Requisutes Fundamentals of mechanics of materials, heat transfer, and linear algebra
Course Objectives The objective of this course is to introduce the various aspects of the finite element method as applied to the solution of engineering problems in a systematic and simple manner. It develops each of the techniques and ideas from basic principles, and new concepts are illustrated with simple examples. After studying the material presented in the course, the student will not only be able to understand the current literature on the finite element method but also be in a position to solve a variety of finite element problems from different areas using commercial software – not merely as black-boxes but in an intelligent manner; and will have enough FEM knowledge to be able to develop their own short programs if needed. Although the course might incorporate some programming-based and/or commercial software-based assignments, but it is not a programming course or a course on the use of commercial software.
Detail Content
  • Discretization
  • Interpolation models
  • Element matrices and vectors
  • System matrices and vectors
  • Numerical solution
  • Post-processing
  • Application to solid mechanics problems: linear static and dynamic analyses
  • Application to heat transfer problems
  • 1-D, 2-D and 3-D problems
Text/Ref Books
  • S.S. Rao, “The Finite Element Method in Engineering”, 5th  Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann (Elsevier), 2011.
  • C.E. Knight, “The Finite Element Method in Mechanical Design”, PWS-KENT, 1993.
  • M.J. Fagan, “Finite Element Analysis: Theory and Practice”, Longman, 1992.
Time Schedule Spring Semester 2017
Faculty/Resource Person Hasan Aftab Saeed, PE
PhD (University of Tokyo) Japan
Discipline: Mechanical Engineering
Specialization: Structural strength and reliability, mechanical design, finite element analysis, mechanical properties of materials