MAE 4721

MAE 4721

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

This course prepares students to solve industry-relevant problems in structural mechanics and dynamics using Ansys simulation software. This is a problem-based course where students will learn finite-element applications by solving practical problems involving realistic 3D CAD geometries. Applications considered include pressure vessel stress analysis, wind turbine blade buckling, turbine disk vibration, electronics enclosure dynamics and robot arm motion. The focus will be on developing a strong conceptual understanding of what's inside the simulation blackbox so as to move beyond "garbage-in, garbage-out." Verification and validation of simulation results is emphasized throughout. Rigid-body dynamics applications will also be covered. Concepts, solution approaches and best practices learned will be applicable to the use of other industry-standard simulation software. Suitable for both on-campus and distance learning students.

When Offered Spring.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: MAE 4700, MAE 4701, and MAE 5700.

  • Create reliable static and dynamic simulations of structures using Ansys software for a range of industrial-level problems.
  • Explain the mathematical model underlying each simulation including governing equations, boundary conditions, physical principles and assumptions.
  • Explain the numerical solution strategy used to solve the mathematical model and how to reduce the numerical errors introduced.
  • Defend simulation results by undertaking a "verification and validation" procedure.

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19024 MAE 4721   LEC 001

    • MW Upson Hall 225
    • Jan 23 - May 9, 2023
    • Bhaskaran, R

  • Instruction Mode: In Person