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CERECAM offers its own suite of courses tailored to provide students with a solid background on various topics in the field of computational mechanics. Additional information on these courses can be found in the postgraduate handbook.

MEC5063Z : An introduction to Finite Elements

12 HEQF credits at level 9; 36 lectures.

Course outline: Weak formulations of boundary value problems, using heat conduction or diffusion as a model problem. The finite element method for one- and two-dimensional problems. Coding the finite element method using Matlab. Applications to heat conduction and problems in elasticity.

Assessment: June examination.

 

MEC5064Z : Finite Element Analysis

12 HEQF credits at level 9; 36 lectures.

Prerequisites: MEC5063Z.

Course outline: Selected topics in finite element analysis: curvilinear elements; incompressibility and mixed methods; time-dependent problems; nonlinear problems

Assessment: November examination.

 

MEC5065Z : Programming for Scientists and Engineers

12 HEQF credits at level 9; 36 lectures.

Course outline: The objective of this course is to prepare students for the development, implementation and management of engineering software for research and/or professional purposes. Such software is characterised by reliable, efficient and user-friendly programmes. Topics covered include fundamentals of C++; program design and implementation; project management strategies; and algorithms and data structures. C++ will be used to demonstrate features and usage of modern object-oriented programming languages. A substantial project component is included.

Assessment: June examination.

 

MEC5066Z : Continuum Mechanics

12 HEQF credits at level 9; 36 lectures, 12 tutorials.

Course outline: Introduction to tensors. Kinematics of continuous media. Balance of mass, linear and angular momentum, and energy. Stress. Constitutive theory. Linear elasticity. Ideal fluids. Newtonian fluids.

Assessment: June examination.

 

MEC5067Z : Nonlinear Material Behaviour

12 HEQF credits at level 9; 36 lectures.

Prerequisites: MEC5066Z.

Course outline: Topics in nonlinear mechanics. Nonlinear elasticity. Behaviour of elastic-plastic solids. Viscoplasticity and creep. Non-Newtonian fluids.

Assessment: November examination.

 

MEC5068Z : Topics in Computational and Applied Mechanics

12 HEQF credits at level 9; 36 lectures.

Prerequisites: MEC5063Z, MEC5066Z.

Course outline: The aim of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to be exposed to topics which are of relevance to current research at CERECAM, but which are not covered by the existing courses offered in the Faculty. The choice of topics will depend on the interests of the class and on the lecturer available.

Assessment: November examination.