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Finite Element Principles in Linear Static Analysis

Linear Static Analysis

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Start Date: August 20, 2019
End Date:  October 8, 2019


Course Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, students should successfully be able to:

  • Explain linear static assumptions.
  • Demonstrate the derivation of element stiffness matrix using the direct method as well as the potential energy approach.
  • Relate the concepts of a global stiffness matrix, nodal degrees of freedom, and boundary condition definitions.
  • Relate element order to shape functions; isoparametric mapping to mesh quality.
  • Express the role of numerical integration in the finite element method.
  • Construct, execute, and interpret linear structural finite element models.


Expected Time Commitment to Complete this Course

Each course is equivalent to a one semester credit hour class. Therefore each class consists of approximately 40 hours of class time that includes 12-13 hours of recorded faculty lectures and 23-24 hours of additional course work. Each course is seven weeks in length, so each week there is 5.7 hours of combined class time (40 hrs / 7 weeks). The average student should allow a 2:1 study-to-class-time ratio to complete the course. This means you should plan to study two hours for each one hour of class time. This equates to 11-12 hours each week to complete all course work. (5.7 hrs X 2 = 11-12 hrs).  Based on a person's own personal strengths and experience, you should increase or decrease the ratio. 


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Course Offering Dates

Each course offering in this program is faculty lead therefore it operates with a specific start date and end date. Students must complete each course during the specific time frame. Access to the online course and materials is removed when the course ends.