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The Applied Finite Element Analysis Course At Oregon Institute Of Technology

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2007 Annual Conference & Exposition


Honolulu, Hawaii

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June 24, 2007

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June 24, 2007

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June 27, 2007



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Mechanical Engineering Technology Curriculum Innovations

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Engineering Technology

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12.1387.1 - 12.1387.10



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Randy Shih Oregon Institute of Technology

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The Applied Finite Element Analysis Course At Oregon Institute of Technology


Computer-aided-engineering tools, such as CAD, FEA and CAM, are becoming to be the essential tools to the engineering practices in industry. This paper describes the development and evolution, in the last 15 years, of an applied finite element analysis course that is being offered by the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET) department at Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) .

A common vision that the OIT-MET faculty shared is the need to better prepare our graduates with the skills to use modern engineering tools. This vision was also recommended in several reports published by the National Research Council and the National Science Foundation. And this was also recognized in the ABET criterion that “graduates must have an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.”

The first finite element analysis course developed, and offered as an elective, by the Mechanical Engineering Technology department at Oregon Institute of Technology was back in 1992. Two years later, the MET department decided to integrate the finite element analysis course as a required course for the MET curriculum. The main emphases of the course are placed on both teaching the students the basic theory, as well as, to use a commercially available FEA package. The course objectives have been established as follows:

• To understand the purposes and uses of the finite element analysis in industry. • To learn the basic concepts and procedures associated with finite element analysis. • To gain hands-on experience with a commercially available finite element analysis package. • Apply the techniques and skills taught to related problems in follow-on courses.

This paper describes the changes and results of the Applied Finite Element Analysis course offered by the Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technology Department at Oregon Institute of Technology.

Development of the FEA course at OIT

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) is a numerical method for solving engineering problems by simulating real-life-operating situations on computers. Finite element analysis procedures evolved gradually from the work of many people in the fields of engineering, physics, and applied mathematics. The use of finite element analysis (FEA) become widespread in the 1960’s and 70’s, initially in the automotive and the aerospace industries. During that period of time, expensive mainframe computers were required to run the finite element analysis, and finite element models typically required days to create. The task of interpreting results were also very difficult. Customized software were used and a highly specialized FEA stress analyst was required to perform the FEA tasks.

Shih, R. (2007, June), The Applied Finite Element Analysis Course At Oregon Institute Of Technology Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1894

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