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EM4029: NONLINEAR MECHANICS (2021-2022)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:05


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 First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Marcin Kapitaniak

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

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.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Lectures during University week s 9 - 19
  • 1 Tutorial during University week s 9 - 19

More Information about Week Numbers


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

First Attempt

1x Timed Online Test (40%)
1x Timed Open-Book Exam (60%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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