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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

The background to the finite element method and its use in various industrial applications is explained in this course. As well as the modelling of linear static and dynamic problems, the modelling of material and geometric non-linearity is an important aspect of the course. Coursework assignments will be based on the student edition of ABAQUS which is supplied with the Course Textbook which students are required to purchase.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Online Sustained Study No
  • Dr Majid Aleyaasin
  • Dr Peter Dunning

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The main learning outcomes will be familiarity with the following topics:


•      the fundamental equations of mechanics of solids (kinematics, equilibrium and constitutive) of beams, shells and solids.

•      The basis of the finite element method for linear problems

•      Static linear analysis of space frames

•      Dynamic linear analysis of space frames

•      Static non-linear analysis of space frames

•      Dynamic non-linear analysis of space frames

This course is delivered by Online Learning, where the students will access the teaching content via the web in 5 blocks at 3 week intervals.

The course tutor will be contactable on the on-line forum, as well as via email.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

2 coursework assignments (25%, 25%) and one 3 hour written exam (50%).

The re-sit will comprise of re-doing the failed element/s (exam and/or coursework
assessment/s) from the 1st attempt with a maximum CGS mark of D3. The marks for other elements (successfully passed) will be carried over. Resit mark of either RP or RF will be recorded.



Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Discussion boards on “My Aberdeen” are employed for both general queries and specific difficulties associated with assignments, exam preparation etc..

Course Learning Outcomes


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