Skip to Content


Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

This course provides students with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the concept of nonlinearity and nonlinear behaviour of engineering systems, structures and materials. In particular, fundamental principles of analytical and computational methods used in nonlinear mechanics are examined, simple nonlinear engineering systems and nonlinear fluid flows (e.g., Newtonian and non−Newtonian flows for various Reynolds numbers) are modelled and analysed using Computational Fluid Dynamics package and Finite Elements software.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Marian Wiercigroch

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

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 course will commence with the review of nonlinearities in engineering systems, structures and materials, in particular, geometrical and material nonlinearities will be considered. Subsequently, laboratory demonstration of nonlinear effects (e.g. nonlinear dynamical systems) will be provided. Then concepts of nonlinear dynamics: stability, bifurcations and chaos will be introduced, and fundamentals of FEM and CFD will be examined.  The final part of the course will be focused on FEM and CFD analysis of 2D problems with geometrical and material nonlinearities, etc.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Mech with Oil & Gas Studies)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Eng (Mechanical and Electrical)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering (Mechanical)
  • Master of Engineering in Mech Eng with Subsea Technology
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical & Electrical Eng
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

Contact Teaching Time

33 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 25 - 35
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 25 - 35

More Information about Week Numbers

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 three hour written examination (100%). Resit: 1 three hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Informal feedback will be given to students during the timetabled tutorial sessions.

Course Learning Outcomes


Compatibility Mode

We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.