2020 Materials Modeling and Simulation for Engineering Design

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Academic unit or major
Graduate major in Engineering Sciences and Design
Inaba Kazuaki  Wijeyewickrema Anil 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on computational mechanics when designing. Topics include basics of computational mechanics, stiffness matrix, governing equations for elastic material, basics of finite element method, practical knowledge of FEM.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to use computational mechanics when students want to design something.


Computational mechanics, Design

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

This course introduces basics and computational mechanics and checks students' understanding by exercise in the first half of the course. Students will have chances to work on cases by applying knowledge acquired through this course in the latter half of the course.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Basics of computational mechanics Understand basics of computational mechanics
Class 2 Basics of digital design Understand digital design
Class 3 stiffness matrix Understand stiffness matrix
Class 4 Governing equations for elastic material Understand governing equations for elastic material
Class 5 Energy principle Understand energy principle
Class 6 Beam element Understand beam element
Class 7 Strength of mechanics Understand strength of mechanics
Class 8 Thin plate deformation Understand thin plate deformation
Class 9 modeling and elements Understand modeling and elements
Class 10 meshing, boundary conditions, material properties Understand meshing, boundary conditions, material properties
Class 11 validation, interpretation, evaluation Understand validation, interpretation, evaluation
Class 12 stress concentration Understand stress concentration
Class 13 Exercise Design tape cutter Understand the topics covered and evaluate one's own progress.
Class 14 Shape optimization Understand shape optimization

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

Jacob Fish, Ted Belytschko, A first course in finite elements, Wiley
Satoshi Izumi, Shinsuke Sakai, Practical Finite Element Simulation, Morikita (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise (35%) and report(65%)

Related courses

  • TSE.A202 : Solid Mechanics and Structure Engineering
  • ESD.D401 : Material Selection for Engineering Design

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

tudent require the following knowledge: basics of mathematics and strength of material

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