Introduction to Finite Element Method
Engineering - Engineering Mechanics
930 MEEM Building
Monday, Wednesday 4:05 - 4:55 pm in MEEM 402
Tuesday 8:05-9:55 am, 10:05-11:55 am, and 4:05-5:55 pm in MEEM 202
M,W: 2-3:30 pm. If you cannot make this time, I would be happy to schedule an appointment with you.
the use of the finite element method in stress analysis, heat
transfer, fluid flow, and vibration. Emphasizes the modeling
assumptions associated with different
elements and uses hand-calculations and commercial software to solve
many different types of problems.
3502 and (MA 2320 or MA 2321 or MA 2330) and (MA 3520 or MA 3521 or MA
3530 or MA 3560)
Daryl L., “A First Course in the Finite Element Method, Fifth
Edition”, Thompson, Toronto
assignments, exams, etc. will generally be made at the beginning of
class before the lecture begins.
The topics of each
lecture and corresponding
book sections will be posted on Canvas
I plan to record the lectures and post them in case you are absent or
want to review the materials covered in specific lectures.
Assignments will be
posted on Canvas
and are due at 5:00
pm on the listed due date.
No late assignments will be accepted, however, the lowest score will be discarded. You
may submit your assignments via hardcopy or Canvas. If you choose to
submit a hardcopy, it must be stapled together for credit (no paper
clips or fold-overs). The
reading assignments are part of your homework and you will be
responsible for this material on exams whether covered in class or not.
each problem, the following items are required for full credit:
homework problem must start at the top of a new page
- Complete problem
- Clear step-by-step solution
with necessary diagrams
- Neat, legible handwriting
- Answers with appropriate
units must be boxed
assignments will not be rigorously graded. Students
may work with others to complete assignments, however, all work turned
in must be original, not
a simple copy of someone else’s work.
copying with be considered as a breach of academic honesty and
appropriate action will be taken.
two in-class exams will cover material from the assignments, assigned
and from the lectures.
Exams are closed-book.
missed due to documented medical problems
and other (very) exceptional circumstances will be made up either by
written examination on an individual basis. There will not be a
final exam given.
Starting in the first week
of class (Tuesday, January 14, 2014), a two-hour lab will be conducted
every week until the end of the semester. The commercial software
will be used. The lab instructor is Mr. Sachin Shinde.
lab reports are due to Mr. Shinde on the Tuesday following the
corresponding lab. Complete instructions will be provided during the
assigned lab times.
2 in-class exams: 30% each
grades will be based on the the students' score
to the average scores of the top members of the class. Therefore,
class performance plays a role in determining the final grade and the
number of students who can earn each grade is not limited.
grades: A (90-100%), AB (85-89%), B (80-84%), BC (75-79%), C (70-74%),
CD (65-69%), D (60-64%)
Academic regulations and
procedures are governed by University policy. Academic dishonesty cases
will be handled in accordance the University's policies.
See the following for appropriate university policies:
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