Fundamentals of Engineering Simulation

School of Engineering UCLan Coursework Assessment Brief Academic
Year
22/23
Module Title: Fundamentals of Engineering Simulation
Module Code: MP3680
Level 6
Finite element analysis This assessment is worth
40% of the overall module
mark
THE BRIEF/INSTRUCTIONS
Introduction
Many computer-aided engineering packages use finite element techniques to simulate engineering problems.
Particularly common are stress analysis, thermal analysis, and Computational Fluid Dynamics solvers. This
assignment requires an investigation to be carried out into the method using common Finite Element Analysis
software. You will be given a template to simulate the experience of submitting a piece of work to a journal or
conference.
The word count for this assignment is indicative too: 2000 words
Tasks
1. Describe, in detail, the basic principle of finite element analysis (15 marks)
2. Describe how FEA software might be used in industry. Include some of the issues regarding the use of
FEA, in particular consider the issue of appropriate modelling and analysis solver ‘run time’. (15 marks)
3. Use Ansys Workbench to solve an engineering scenario (60 marks)
Model a component of your choice – The component should be something that exists. As an example, the
component could be a car suspension member, a bicycle handlebar stem or a wall shelf bracket. Make the
initial component simple (remove any fillet radii, lightening pockets etc.).
Determine realistic loadings and constraints for the component.
Use validation methods to show your confidence in your results
Show mesh considerations
Use FEA to improve the performance of the component. You should look to reduce stress concentrations,
improve stiffness and strength to weight ratio.
Identify the improvements made to the component using graphical and numerical evidence produced with
the post-processor.
4. Critically appraise Ansys as a piece of FEA software. Identify strengths and weaknesses of the software.
Describe your experiences with the software. (10 marks)
The following module learning outcomes are addressed in this assignment:
1. Use and evaluate industry standard simulation methods to solve appropriate engineering problems in
the context of the component requirements for wear and life.
2.
Assess the need for relevant modelling of systems.
3. Analyse how certain factors are affecting the accuracy of a simulation
4. Use engineering software effectively and compare ‘exact’ solutions with simulation generated solution
and evaluate differences and characteristics
5. Demonstrate effective research and report writing skills
The marking of the assignment:

1) Rationale (Learning outcomes 2,5)
For the simulation chosen describe the approach adopted
(results/answers required, constraint types, bodies used etc.).
Justify the methods chosen (simplification method) and
comment on assumptions made

 

2) Validation (Learning outcomes 4,5)
Identify an aspect or technique used in your model and
prove/verify the results with analytical calculation (producing
an Excel spread sheet can often help with you verification).
You should compare the results from ANSYS with your
calculations
3) Review (Learning outcomes 1,2,3,5)
Produce a critique of ANSYS
Compare software motion analysis with alternatives
Review your simulation. What level of reliance would you
place on your simulation results?
4) Model (Learning outcome 2,3,4)
The quality, complexity, has the boundary conditions
considered appropriately
PREPARATION FOR THE ASSESSMENT
1. All techniques to achieve the tasks are provided with-in each lecturer
2. Import your model in ANSYS and review
3. Examine the area of study make sure your boundary conditions are a true representation
RELEASE DATES AND HAND IN DEADLINE
Assessment Release date: October 31st 2022 Assessment Deadline Date and time: December 16th 2022
Please note that this is the final time you can submit – not the time to submit!
Your feedback/feed forward and mark for this assessment will be provided on
January 20th 2023
SUBMISSION DETAILS
Please submit the following:
Report:
A digital copy to blackboard via “Turnitin”
PENALTY FOR LATE SUBMISSION
All assessments submitted late, but within 5 working days of the deadline, will be given a maximum mark of
40%. Assessment submitted more than 5 working days after the deadline will not be marked, and a mark of 0%
will be recorded.
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