MAE 533 Finite Element Analysis I

This course will provide a general preparation in finite element methods with an emphasis on structural analysis.  The course is intended for graduate engineering, science, and mathematics students who will pursue further work and research in specialized areas such as structural mechanics, elasticity, plasticity, fracture mechanics, mechanical design, heat transfer, and numerical analysis. 3 credit hours.


• Prerequisite

Strongly Recommended: Strength of Materials, Solid Mechanics, or Elasticity

• Course Objectives

Students will develop the mathematical and solid mechanics background to solve and analyze linear stress and structural analysis problems with the appropriate finite-element methodologies and numerical approximations. Applications of real-world problems will be discussed.

• Course Requirements

HOMEWORK: 6-8 assignments

EXAMINATIONS: 2 tests, and a final exam

SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS: ANSYS will be used for different class projects. Other similar commercial FEM codes can be used. Some Knowledge of Fortran, C, C++,or other programming languages will be useful.

PROJECTS: There will be one course project. The student selects the topic.

• Textbook

Chandrupatia & Belegund, Introduction to Finite Elements in Engineering, Wiley, 2012. 4th edition. ISBN: 978-0132162746

• Computer and Internet Requirements

NCSU and Engineering Online have recommended minimum specifications for computers. For details, click here.

• Instructor

Dr. John S. Strenkowski, Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Engineering Building III, Room 4166
911 Oval Drive
NCSU Campus
Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: 919-515-7030
Fax: 919-515-7968