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## Syllabus for

TME125 - Finite element simulation in design

Owner: MPPDE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Design Engineering
Department: 42 - APPLIED MECHANICS

Teaching language: English

 Course module Credit distribution Examination dates Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 No Sp 0107 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH 7,5c 16 Dec 2008 pm V, 16 Apr 2009 am V, 25 Aug 2009 am V

#### In programs

MPNAV NAVAL ARCHITECHTURE, MSC PROGR, Year 1
MPNAV NAVAL ARCHITECHTURE, MSC PROGR, Year 2
MPPDE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, MSC PROGR, Year 1
MPSYS SYSTEMS, CONTROL AND MECHATRONICS, MSC PROGR - Mechatronics specialization, Year 1

#### Examiner:

Professor  Thomas Abrahamsson

#### Course evaluation:

http://document.chalmers.se/doc/76348706

#### Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

#### Course specific prerequisites

Mathematics courses in linear algebra and calculus in several dimensions.

#### Aim

The aim of the course is to provide the basis of the finite element method (FEM) and its use for stress,
strain and stability analysis in mechanical system design.

#### Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

After completion of this course, the student should be able to
apply the basic theory of the finite element method as a numerical method to solve the elasticity equations
for stresses and strains,
apply FEM for the structural instability problem,
use commercial software for stress analysis and redesign.

#### Content

Basic theory of the finite element method (FEM) as an approximation method. The global FE-formulation
including assembling elements and solving the system equations. Guidelines for choosing elements and
designing element meshes. Application of the theory on a real structural component using commercial
finite element software.

#### Organisation

The course is organized into about 22 h of lectures, 16 h of excercise classes and 33 h of computer lab.
The main theory is presented in the lectures. The computer lab is dedicated to group work with the computer
assignments, out of which one is an industry-size task.

#### Literature

A.A. Becker, An introductory guide to finite element analysis, Professional Engineering Publishing, 2004

#### Examination

Written final examination that determine the grade. A report of the FE assignment is required for a passing