MECH 951: Advanced Topics in Finite Element Methods

Prereqs: MECH 851 or 918, or permission
Theory and application of finite element methods. Topic varies with interest of instructor and may include: finite elements for the analysis of fracture; mixed variational formulations; hybrid stress elements; plasticity; non-linear elasticity; large deformations of structures; plate and shell elements; transverse shear effects in beams, plates and shells; “locking” phenomena; treatment of singularities; dynamics of large systems; “enhanced” strain methods; methods for solving non-linear algebraic systems; architecture of computer codes for non-linear finite element analysis; and treatment of constraints arising in nearly incompressible material models.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom