Structural & Stress Analysis

Study program: Mechanical engineering
Type and level of studies: Master studies
Course unit: pdfStructural and Stress Analysis
Course code: MS11011
Teacher in charge: pdfDr. Nebojša Zdravković
Language of instruction: English
Prerequisites: Mathematics 1, Strength of materials
Semester: Winter
Course unit objective:
Basic objectives of this course are: 1) introduction to finite element method and applications in design of steel structures, machine parts and assemblies, 2) implementation of the practical skills for 2D and 3D modeling and simulation of steel structures, machine parts and assemblies.
Learning outcomes of the Course unit
Students gain the practical skills for modeling and analysis of structural systems and develop critical approach in design. Also, they get knowledge in common used software packages in design of steel structures.
Course unit contents
Theoretical classes
Introduction to finite element method. The FEM analysis process for beams and truss elements. Member stiffness matrix. Coordinate transformation. Master stiffness matrix. Force vector. Solving for displacements. Recovery of internal forces and stresses. Examples of finite element models of steel structures. Modeling of 2D and 3D frames and trusses. 3D solid finite elements, modeling and simulations.
Practical classes
Matrix method for calculation of displacements, internal forces and stresses in 2D truss system. Modeling the characteristic steel structures in finite element software (beams, trusses, frames). Preparation for input data. Steel structure geometry input options. Materials definition. Selection groups definition. Custom cross-section design. Modeling the structural boundary conditions and load cases. Analysis and design of steel structures. Analysis of output results. 3D finite element analysis of parts and assemblies.
O.C.Zienkiewicz, R.L.Taylor, J.Z.Zhu, "The Finite Element Method ", Elsevier, 2005.
Huei-Huang Lee, Finite Element Simulations with ANSYS Workbench 14, SDC Publications, 2012.