Conduct a finite element solution to a proposed engineering mechanics problem. Any software may be used. The emphasis should be on understanding the accuracy of your model predictions, considering different element types, mesh refinements, boundary conditions, etc and the impact on the results. The expectation is not to develop large complex models but rather to focus on a well defined problem and fully explore the accuracy of your solution. The report should be in the form of a technical engineering paper. Appendices of extra material can be added.
Introduction and rationale – outline the mechanics problem to be solved; detail other research, models and analytical work in the area; provide a rationale for using finite element analysis to explore the problem.
Objective – provide some specific objectives to be achieved in the project.
Model assumptions, descriptions and development – describe all aspects of the model including mesh, boundary conditions, element choice, applied loads. Include key pictures and details of model in report – other aspects could be added in an appendix beyond the 12 page limit.
Validation – describe experimental, analytical or other models that will be used to compare and validate your results.
Results – provide tables, graphs and images of key results.
Discussion – discuss model results in terms of validation, effect of different element types, mesh refinement, boundary conditions, load application, etc. Discuss limitations of your model and any suggested refinements/developments.
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