Faculty of Engineering

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)S Khoddam


This unit aims to develop students' understanding of finite element analysis as it relates to airframe structures. Students will learn to translate real-world loading into engineering models using variational methods and minimum potential energy techniques and develop an understanding of the application of a range of finite elements and mesh generation techniques. An understanding of the choice of appropriate elements, aspect ratio, distortion limitations and reduced integration techniques will be sought. Skills in the use of commercial finite element codes, such as NASTRAN, currently used in the aerospace industry will complete the unit.


The development and integration of students' knowledge in structural engineering based on previous study and its translation to finite element modeling relevant to the aerospace industry.


Project work: 20%
Assignments: 30%
Examination(3 hours): 50%

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Contact hours

3 hours of lectures, 2 hours of practical classes and 7 hours of private study per week