Product design by the Finite Element Method

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2019/20
Vakcode TBPDFEM-10
Vaknaam Product design by the Finite Element Method
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Product Design by the Finite Element Method
Leerdoelen General:
Give a decent hands-on introduction to the use of the Finite Element Method (FEM) in product design

After the course, the student:
• is able to set up a FEM model in Comsol Multiphysics: creating a geometry and mesh, setting material properties, boundary conditions, and loads,
• has basic understanding of the structure of a FEM package (Comsol Multiphysics),
• is able to apply FEM in different physical fields,
• knows the basic physical phenomena modeled in FEM,
• is able to interpret and check FEM results,
• can execute sensitivity analysis.
Omschrijving Finite Element Method (FEM) simulation is a very powerful tool in the modern design process. FEM simulation has substantially decreased the time to develop products from concept to the final design. Testing and development are accelerated by improved initial prototype design using FEM simulation.
In this course, the multiphysics package Comsol will be used. The lectures will start by an hands-on workshop provided by Comsol. The other lectures will contain a theoretical introduction, followed by a tutorial part. The lectures will discuss (in short) the theoretical background of FEM, how to set up a model, and basic physical phenomena from different physical disciplines like structural mechanics, fluid dynamics, heat and mass transfer, and electromagnetism. To get familiar with design problems in these disciplines, tutorials will be executed by the student. Between the lectures assignments have to be made by the student.
Uren per week
Onderwijsvorm Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(Total hours of lectures: 7x2 hours, tutorials: 7x2 hours, week assignments: 6x6 hours, end assignments: 1x60 hours)
Toetsvorm Opdracht (AST)
(Weekassignments, Endassignment; The assessment consists of 6 week assignments and 1 end assignment. The end grade is built up as follows: End grade = (6*WA + 3*EA)/9)
Vaksoort master
Co├Ârdinator dr. ir. A.A. Geertsema
Docent(en) dr. ir. A.A. Geertsema ,dr. ir. F.W. Wubs
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Lecture notes
Entreevoorwaarden The course unit assumes prior knowledge acquired from like Mechanics, Computer Aided Design & Manufacturing, Design & Construction of the Bachelor IEM (PTL track) programme.
This course has a limited capacity. Priority will be given to students for which this course is mandatory. For those students a place in the course is guaranteed. Upon enrollment, you will be placed on a waiting list. Presence at the first lecture is mandatory. After the first lecture you will be informed if you can attend the course.
Opmerkingen The assessment consists of 6 week assignments and 1 end assignment.

The end grade is built up as follows:
End grade = (6*WA + 3*EA)/9

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