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Finite Element Simulation Models for Mechanics of Materials

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

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CoED Mechanical Engineering Topics

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Computers in Education

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Shahnam Navaee Georgia Southern University

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Dr. Navaee is currently a Full Professor in the Civil Engineering and Construction Management Department in the Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Navaee received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Louisiana State University in 1980 and 1983, and his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University in 1989.

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Junsuk Kang Seoul National University

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Dr. Junsuk Kang earned his Ph.D. degree in Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at Auburn University, AL, USA in 2007. He obtained his master’s degree in Structural Engineering from Korea University, South Korea, in 2000 and his Bachelor’s degree was in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Korea University, South Korea, in 1998. Prior to entering PhD study, Dr. Kang worked as a Senior Civil Engineer in Hong Kong site and Seoul Headquarter of Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd. during 2000- 2002. After his PhD study, he had taken many projects supported by ALDOT and Air Force Research Laboratory as a research associate at Auburn University during 2007 – 2011. Dr. Kang had been an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and Construction Management at Georgia Southern University during 2012-2016. Dr. Kang is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Rural Systems Engineering at Seoul National University.

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In this paper the creation and utilization of a set of virtual models for complementing a Mechanics of Materials course in the Civil Engineering and Construction Management Department at Georgia Southern University is outlined and discussed. The simulated models are developed utilizing the Abaqus finite elements package. The models can particularly be useful in cases where a physical lab is not accompanying the offered course, as is the case in the authors’ institution. Several examples of the developed simulations are provided in the paper to better illustrate the utility and significance of the models. The simulations for example can be used to determine and display the stress and deformation contours at various locations on the solid continuums having different geometries, boundary conditions, material properties, and loading conditions. The models are specifically developed to be used by the course instructor in illustrating and explaining some of the more important mechanics principles and concepts. These visual simulations help students better comprehend the course concepts and more easily understand the limitations and assumptions used in the classical formulation of mechanics problems. Some of the examples explored in the project include the analysis of axially loaded members, torque loaded shafts, bending of beams, combined loading of structural members, and pressurized thin-walled vessels.

As an added measure to further maximize the effect of the project and to creatively enhance the educational effect of the undertaken project for our program as a whole, the developed modules for the mechanics of materials are also planned to be utilized in a newly developed undergraduate-graduate finite element course offered in spring 2017. Obviously, the intent for utilization of these models in the FE course will be different than what is previously described for the mechanics course. In the FE course, the created examples are specifically used to illustrate the actual details and procedures that need to be followed to properly model and analyze a solid continuum. Using these examples, the students will be coached to develop the solution for other similar problems. The newly developed simulations can in turn be used in future offerings of the mechanics of materials course.

Navaee, S., & Kang, J. (2017, June), Finite Element Simulation Models for Mechanics of Materials Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28359

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