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Module Title LH CFD and FEA (Computational Fluid Dynamics and Finite Element Analysis)
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Mechanical Engineering
Module Code 04 31790
Module Lead TBC
Level Honours Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-20 hours
Guided independent study-160 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description The aim of the module is to introduce the basic theories of finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics techniques.


General theories of FEM:
a) Basic underlying principles and general system mathematical equation
b) Mesh generation and convergence
c) Data Analysis & Post Processing
d) Validation & Verification

Finite element analysis:
a) Formulation of stiffness matrix and system equations for 1D pin-jointed bar element, stepped bar elements and thermal elements representing heat conduction
b) Assembly of global stiffness matrix
c) Model simplification and approximation
d) Basic element selection and characteristics
e) Commercial software (ABAQUS)

Computational Fluid Dynamics:
a) Basic concepts
b) Governing equations of fluid dynamics - Navier-Stokes Equations
c) Basic outline of compressible and incompressible flow - Applications
d) Outline of turbulence and its modelling
e) Applications of CFD
f) Commercial CFD software
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and methodology in finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the underlying mathematical theory and concepts in FEA and CFD necessary for the appropriate application of the methods to develop engineering solutions.
  • Understand and apply appropriate modelling practice and strategies based on engineering problem.
  • Assess the condition and performance of static and dynamic systems using computational modelling techniques.
  • Formulate predictive computational models using FEA or CFD methodologies to analyse and solve engineering problems.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and use of commercial FEA and CFD software.
Assessment 31790-01 : FEA Assignment : Coursework (50%)
31790-02 : CFD Assignment : Coursework (50%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: 100% Continuous assessment, comprising:
(50%) CFD assignment
(50%) FEA assignment

Reassessment to match the main assessment method with due consideration made to any restrictions imposed at the time of reassessment. Students can carry forward passed assessment components from main assessment.
Other Dubai version of Birmingham based module 31738
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