Core Module Information
Module title: Advanced Mechanics of Material and Finite Element Analysis

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CTR11529
Module leader: Johnson Zhang
School School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Subject area group: Civil and Transportation


Description of module content:

Review of Matrix algebra; force method & stiffness method
Stress, strain and their relation, equilibrium and compatibility.
Yield criteria and limit analysis.
Formulation of boundary value problems in elasticity, solution techniques and examples.
Torsion theory, membrane analogy, effect of warping restraint.
method, Solution of large systems of linear equations
Finite element method, solution procedures, and solution bound
Plane strain and plane stress elements
Isoparametric elements
Beam elements
Plate bending elements
Flat shell elements
Structural dynamics & eigenvalue problems
Three-dimensional stress analysis

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: evaluate stress and strain relationships in elasticity;
LO2: model and formulate basic boundary value problems and solve them with appropriate techniques;
LO3: evaluate general concept and procedures of the finite element method;
LO4: analyse large systems of linear equations;
LO5: model structural/mechanical problem using frame, in-plane, plate bending and flat shell elements;
LO6: analyse building structures using commercial FEM packages.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2020/1, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: MERCHISTON
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Johnson Zhang
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Learning & teaching methods including their alignment to LOs

Formal Lectures and class tutorials are used to deliver the theory of advanced mechanics of materials and finite element method (LOs 1-4). Lectures also offer face to face support. Directed study tasks encourage integration of key reading material. Tutorials cover the application by solving several practical examples (LOs 5). Computer lab session is designed to improve the computational and programming skills of the students by using interactive demonstrations (LOs 6).

The assessment strategy for the module is to develop students’ structural analysis skills, enhance their theory background of mechanics and finite element analysis. The exam paper will cover all six learning outcomes including the mechanics and finite element theories, computer programming and practical skills on using commercial software package (LOs 1,2,3,4,5,6). The exam duration is 3 hours.

Embedding of employability/PDP/scholarship skills;
The module links with industry as appropriate. Industrial supervision is possible and industrialists are invited to attend the final group presentation. Scholarly skills naturally are developed throughout the whole group project process.

Research/ teaching linkages;
Interaction with the Transport Research Institute,and with research students within the School will be encouraged as and where appropriate.

Supporting equality and diversity;
Respecting and embracing diversity and different cultural perspectives, transportation education attracts students from a vast number of countries. This provides a rich source of learning opportunities for fellow students to draw experiences and networks from a multicultural context.

International experiences brought to the group by individuals will be beneficial to fellow group members when drawing on combined experiences. Research projects can be based on international projects and/or experiences.

Formative Assessment:
to be added

Summative Assessment:
to be added

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 36
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 149
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 3
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Centrally Time Tabled Digital Examination 100 1,2,3,4,5,6 1 HOURS= 3, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 100
Component 2 subtotal: 0
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
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