Modeling, analysis, and simulation of mechanical systems. Computer applications for mechanical calculation. Numerical and dimensional synthesis. Synthesis of spatial mechanisms. Dynamics of non-ideal machines. Simulation techniques: resolution of kinematic, dynamic, and tensional problems.
The course aims to give students a basic understanding of some of the main tools for the analysis and simulation mechanical structures, and their scope, utilities and limitations for solving different types of problems. It discusses practical cases of application of computer programs based on the method of finite elements and dynamic simulation software, based on the previous study of the theoretical underpinning. This knowledge may be useful in analyzing the technical and economic feasibility of using these techniques in mechanical design projects developed by engineering departments.
Competencies and learning outcomes
- Possess appropriate knowledge about scientific and technological aspects concerning mathematical, analytical, and numerical methods in engineering, electrical engineering, energy engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, continuum mechanics, industrial electronics, automation, manufacturing, materials, quantitative management methods, industrial computing, urbanism, infrastructure, etc.
- Project, calculate, and design products, processes, facilities, and plants.
- Direct, plan, and supervise multidisciplinary teams.
- Conduct research, development, and innovation in products, processes, and methods.
- Conduct strategic planning and apply it to systems both constructive as well as production, quality, and environmental management.
- Technically and financially manage projects, installations, facilities, businesses, and technology centers.
- Be capable of exercising functions of general management, technical management and R&D project management at plants, businesses, and technology centers.
- Apply acquired knowledge and resolve problems in new or unfamiliar environments within broader and multidisciplinary contexts.
- Be able to integrate knowledge and handle the complexity of formulating judgments based on information that, whether incomplete or limited, includes reflections on social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of their knowledge and judgments.
- Know how to communicate conclusions and the latest knowledge and rationale that sustain them to specialized and non-specialized audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.
- Possess learning skills that allow for further study in a self-directed or autonomous manner.
- Knowledge, understanding, and the ability to apply the necessary legislation in the professional practice of industrial engineering.
Objectives (Learning outcomes)
- Students know the theoretical foundations of the finite element method and calculation programs based on it.
- Students understand the operation and utilities of computer programs based on finite elements, applied to structural analysis and mechanical design, its scope and limitations, through case studies carried out with a commercial software
- Students know the theoretical study of the dynamic analysis of mechanisms.
- Students understand the functioning and applications of computer programs to analyze the dynamic mechanisms, scope and limitations, through case studies carried out with a large software implementation on the market.
- The student will know the possibilities of practical application of software and finite element dynamic analysis of mechanisms in the field of mechanical design, and have authority to evaluate the feasibility and desirability of their applications for solving different types of problems.
Methodology and grading
- The evaluation of the subject will be carried out through the execution of several exercises, individually or in small groups, that will be proposed throughout the course. The exercises will consist of practical cases of design of machines or mechanical systems, in which make use of the tools of analysis and simulation introduced in the subject, and they must be delivered in the terms that are established in each call.
Students who do not opt for the continuous evaluation, or who do not present the proposed papers in a call, may expressly request to be evaluated through a final exam. It will be a practical exam in the computer classroom, where they should use the tools of analysis and simulation.