June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Since Finite Element Analysis (FEA) has become a daily tool for design engineers in industries, mechanical engineering students must learn this tool during their education. MECH4200-Simulation-Based Design teaches how to apply FEA commercial software for mechanical undergraduate students. Teaching how to use the FEA commercial software is the main contents of this type of course. There are lots of approaches to teaching this type of course. Authors believed that understanding of the fundamental concepts of FEA theory would significantly help students to have a better understanding of FEA theory and to utilize the application of an FEA commercial software. In 2018 spring semester, authors proposed and implemented a teaching approach which included teaching fundamental concepts of FEA theory, teaching its commercial software and implementation of it in class design projects. Although some students complained about the complexity of fundamental concepts of FEA theory and tedious theoretical calculations, 92.3% of students agreed that teaching the fundamental concepts of FEA theory helped them to have a better understanding of the FEA commercial software. 92.3% of students agreed that teaching the fundamental concepts of FEA theory should be kept as part of the course. At the end of the course, we asked students to take the CSWA-S Certification, 60% of students in the section with the proposed approach passed the certification exam while other sections had an average 35.9% of pass rates. Our experience indicated that teaching the fundamental concepts of FEA theory significantly helped students to have a better understanding of FEA application and to facilitate them to use FEA commercial software.
Le, X., & Roberts, R. L., & Duva, A. W. (2019, June), Teaching Finite Element Analysis for Mechanical Undergraduate Students Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33348
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