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Unit 037  Virtual Engineering – Credit Value 15 Level 5 [Y/615/1505]

The work of an engineer increasingly involves the use of powerful software modelling tools (virtual modelling). These tools allow us to predict potential manufacturing difficulties, suggest how a product or component is likely to behave in service, and undertake rapid and low cost design iteration and optimisation, to reduce costs, preempt failure and enhance performance.

This unit introduces students to the application of relevant Computer Aided Design (CAD) and analysis engineering tools in contemporary engineering. They will learn about standards, regulations and legal compliance within the context of engineering.

Topics included in this unit are: dimensioning and tolerances, standardisation and regulatory compliance (BS, ASTM, ISO, etc.), material properties and selection, manufacturing processes, 2D, 3D, CAD, solid modelling, one-dimensional and multi-dimensional problems, meshing and boundary conditions, and the finite volume method.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to consider how to perform computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, develop finite element product and system models, explain the identification of faults in the application of simulation techniques and discuss the modelling method and data accuracy.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explore the capabilities and limitations of computer-based models in meeting design fundamentals and their use in solving problems in engineering.
  2. Analyse finite element product and system models in order to find and solve potential structural or performance issues.
  3. Perform CFD simulations to evaluate pressure and velocity distributions within an engineering setting.
  4. Determine faults in the application of simulation techniques to evaluate the modelling method and data accuracy.

Recommended Resources


DATE, A.W. (2005) Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics. Cambridge University Press.
FISH, J. and BELYTSCHKO, T. (2007) A First Course in Finite Elements. Wiley.
TREVOR, H. and BECKER, A.A. (2013) Finite Element Analysis for Engineers. A Primer, National Agency for Finite Element Methods & Standards.

www.tandfonline.com Taylor & Francis Online International Journal of Computational (Journal)
http://www.inderscience.com/ Inder Science Publishers Progress in Computational Fluid Dynamics, An International Journal (Journal)
https://www.nafems.org/ NAFEMS International Journal of CFD Case Studies (Journal)


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