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MEng Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Experience / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Advanced Modelling & Simulation

Unit code MACE40041
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 4
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Division (L5)
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates.

Modelling and simulation is used widely in most engineering firms and so is an essential skill for a graduate engineer. The unit builds on materials covered in earlier years of the degree programme. In this unit, we cover more advanced topics on heat transfer, composites and fluid flow. We specifically address engineering applications where the physical processes being studied vary in time or have some kind of non-linearity. The modelling and simulation landscape is rapidly changing, so we also look at the evolution of simulation technology and use examples from current research to highlight the capabilities graduates should expect to use in the first 5-10 years of their careers.


Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Modelling & Simulation 3 MACE30052 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


To consolidate and build upon the foundations of finite element and finite volume methods from Modelling & Simulation 3 course offered in the third year.
To develop students understanding of both the theoretical and computational aspects of the modelling of Composites and Non-linear Stress Analysis.
To build on the basic Computational Fluid Dynamics concepts from Modelling & Simulation 3, developing students' understanding of the methodologies and their application to more complex physical problems.


Modelling of Non-Linear Stress Problems covering the treatment of material and geometric non-linearity in elastic-plastic analysis, fracture and damage mechanics.
Modelling of Composites dealing with composite materials and their properties, laminate theory, failure criteria, shell element, finite element modelling.
CFD based on the extension of finite volume methods to non-orthogonal and unstructured grids; use of iterative solution methods in CFD codes; time-dependent problems, and physical modelling considerations for turbulent flows.

Practical skills


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 50%
Report 50%

Feedback methods

Exams - via script viewing and marks analysis forms uploaded onto Blackboard

Report - individual feedback provided via Blackboard

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Practical classes & workshops 70
Independent study hours
Independent study 58

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Lee Margetts Unit coordinator

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