The finite element method in structural mechanics: The course introduces the student on the resolution of mechanical and structural problems using the Finite Element Method. The course emphasizes the formulation to understand how finite element methods work rather than black-box recipes. The course covers the formulation of finite element methods for linear-elastic problems and provides the foundation for other advanced computational mechanics courses.
Solid mechanics: This course introduces theoretical concepts such as conservation principles, equations of movement and behaviour in material mechanics, strain and stress and elasticity, failure criteria, damage and plasticity modelling. Practical aspects are also covered including tests in mechanical laboratory, extensometry and digital image correlation and examples of engineering problems.
Fracture mechanics: This module introduces the theoretical background to predict the failure of a structural component and describes the computational techniques that make use of these approaches in modern design.
Pre and post-process tools for structural finite element analyses: This course introduces the different modelling techniques and options available in commercial finite element packages. The student will learn from basic modelling and meshing techniques to more advanced aspects such as non-linear analyses involving non-linear behaviour of materials or contact, heat transfer and dynamic analysis.
Applied mechanics of materials and structures (1st and 2nd terms): Applied examples of real and simulated cases in engineering of mechanics of materials and structures. Cases of problem solving and projects in mechanics of materials and structures in different areas: products and machinery industry, transport industry (vehicles, aerospace, etc.) and building.
Seminars on mechanics of materials and structures (1st and 2nd terms): This course introduces different aspects related to the mechanics of materials and structures such as computational tools, types and selection of structural materials and experimental techniques for the mechanical characterization of structural materials. Statistical techniques and methods in mechanics of materials and structures and scientific and technical communication techniques are also covered.