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Unit of Study MECH3003 Finite Element Method and Fracture Mechanics (2024)

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    This unit applies the engineering principles and design techniques from ENG20001 - Mechanics of Materials including force analysis in beams, shells and irregular structures, reaction forces and moments, and generating shear force and bending moment diagrams to analysis of system strength and durability. Students will apply the theoretical analysis of system strength and durability with a numerical finite element approach in this unit.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

use a commercial finite element package to solve linear static elasticity problems, and to critically evaluate the output

use energy methods to predict by hand the structural deflections and reactions in simple statically indeterminate structures, as a means of checking computed results

apply Linear Elastic Fracture Mechanics to analyse brittle fracture

apply the concepts of Elastic Plastic Fracture Mechanics to simple fracture situations.

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