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Stress Analysis IV - STA401M

Baccalareus Technologiae Degree Year module NQF level: 7 Credits: 15
Module presented in English Module presented online
Pre-requisite: SOM3602 & SOMPRB3
Purpose: To introduce students to the finite element method. By the end of the module student will be able to solve common structural problems using the finite element procedure. The module comprise the following: develop a foundation for the numerical procedures involved in finite element method by introducing the stiffness matrix method; introduce the coordinate systems and extend the stiffness method to include space trusses; derive beam element equation and discuss procedure for handling different kinds of loading and boundary conditions; extend beam analysis to cover problems where beams are arbitrarily oriented in space for analysis of plane frames; discuss the formulation of two-dimensional elements; extend analysis to deal with cylindrical and spherical elements by using axisymmetric elements; and introduce the derivation different finite elements using isoparametric formulation.