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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 27/06/2022 12:12:49

Title of Module: Analysis & Simulation 2

Code: ENGG10019 SCQF Level: 10
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Bassam  Rakhshani

Summary of Module

Computer based analysis and simulation techniques are proving to be ever more critical in their role as enabling technologies in the engineering and design environment. Two particular technologies which are now considered as critical components to any competitive design strategy are Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

This module develops and enhances the students existing knowledge in the FEA and CFD areas. The subject matter focuses strongly on the application of the methods to practical engineering and design problems. The subject content is split to 50% FEA, 50% CFD in terms of time and assessment.

An introduction to more advanced FEA and CFD topics will be provided for the students. The role of these techniques as enabling technologies in a competitive ‘time to market’ strategy will be discussed and described. The main techniques used for computational analysis of engineering and design problems will be outlined and examples given of typical situations identified. The FEA will build on and reinforce knowledge already obtained in previous FEA modules and the CFD will offer an introduction to the topic.

During the course of this module students will develop their UWS Graduate Attributes ( Universal: Academic atributes - critical thinking and analytical & inquiring mind; Work-Ready: Academic attributes - knowledge of FEA and CFD and relevant ICT skills; Successful : autonomus, driven and resillient.




  • FEA content will include practical applications. More advanced FEA problems such as heat transfer, dynamic analysis, buckling and simple contact modelling will also be considered.

  • Practical application of sensitivity studies and a background to optimisation studies are considered. Practical use of optimisation methods, modelling for sensitivity and optimisation (including geometrical) studies and practical selection of design variables will be dealt with and a series of detailed design based finite element case studies presented.

  • The role of CFD as an enabling technology in a ‘time to market strategy’ is discussed as well as practical applications for CFD. Theoretical concepts applicable to CFD, boundary conditions, laminar flow modelling and turbulence simulation will all be considered.

  • An overview of Advanced CFD Applications such as casting simulation, injection moulding/plastic flow simulation will also be outlined.

  • Quality issues will also be dealt with such as professional organisations associated with finite element practice and other topics such as benchmarking.

  • Subject matter will be delivered mainly by an innovative programme of laboratory demonstrations where the practical nature of the module will be emphasised and students will gain experience in using state of the art FEA and CFD systems. A complementary series of lectures and presentations will also be used to reinforce the subject matter.

  • This module has been reviewed and updated, taking cognisance of the University’s Curriculum Framework principles. Examples of this are found within the module such as active and engaging laboratory and digital tutorial activity, module assessment which reflects industry Computer Aided Engineering activities, learning synergies across modules and levels of study, recorded lecture content supporting students to organise their own study time and the use of real-world practical problems with experimental data to validate simulation activity developing digital intelligence meta-skills.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Apply a comprehensive knowledge about the role which analysis and simulation systems play in a design and engineering environment to solve complex problems.

L2. To introduce and develop an understanding of the capabilities of analysis and simulation systems with respect to engineering design, particularly finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics. Recognising the limitations.

L3. Select and apply appropriate computational techniques to model and analyse advanced practical engineering problems

L4. Formulate and analyse complex analytical solutions to more advanced problems using advanced analysis and simulation systems, and to evaluate complex results to reach a substantial conclusion.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 10.

A critical knowledge and understanding of finite element / computational fluid dynamics methods and techniques and how these fit into engineering and design strategies.

Specific and detailed knowledge and understanding of the application, techniques and practices associated with finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamics analysis of engineering and design problems.

Detailed knowledge of the appropriateness of methods and techniques to different problems/scenarios.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Applying knowledge and understanding to develop modelling and analysis strategies for a wide range of engineering and design problems, using finite element methods and computational fluid dynamics techniques.

Assessing different strategies with respect to obtaining appropriate efficient solutions to engineering and design problems.

Making use of specialised finite element and computational fluid dynamic techniques to solve engineering and design problems such as optimisation methods or open ended problems.

Select and critically evaluate technical literature and other sources of information to solve complex problems

Adopt a holistic and proportionate approach to the mitigation of security risks

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Undertaking, evaluating and assessing critical FE/CFD analysis data. Making judgements on analytical data and results. Being able to develop conceptual solutions and strategies to FE/CFD problems.

Dealing with unpredictability in results and making critical comparative assessments between theoretical, simulation, and experimental predictions.

Bringing information together from a variety of sources during problem solving and being able to perceive potential problems with methods and strategies.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Ability to perform, interpret and evaluate complex numerical, geometrical and graphical data and using it to solve problems.

Ability to use variables and equations. Ability to integrate existing software with other applications such as spread sheets. Make use of multi-purpose integrated software systems to solve complex problems.

Using communications skills to write detailed, critical technical reports, including text and illustration.

Using finite element hardware and software and associated ICT equipment and systems such as networks to support and perform a wide range of problem solving tasks.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Identifying and addressing their own learning needs both during and outwith class time.

Identifying solution routes and strategies using their own initiative and informed judgements.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Design Analysis 2
Analysis & Simulation 1
Other:or completion of equivalent HN qualification
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
The learning and teaching activity for this module include lectures, tutorials and problem based learning.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity24
Independent Study164
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Finite Element and Computational Fluid Dynamics Analysis Systems (such as PTC Creo Parametric/Simulate, ANSYS & FLUENT) + 40 seat PC Lab with corresponding network facilities and suitable PCs. Software site licences are required.

Course notes, presentations and case studies will be provided. Software user's manuals will be available.


Designing better products with Finite Element Analysis, Vince Adams, Delmar Learning*

NAFEMS, An Explicit Finite Element Primer, Paul Jacob & Lee Goulding, NAFEMS Publications, ISBN 187437645X.*

NAFEMS, Why Do / How To/ Introduction to series, Various, NAFEMS Publications.*

NAFEMS Benchmarking Series, Various, NAFEMS Publications.*

An Introduction To Computational Fluid Dynamics, H K Versteeg & W Malalasekera, 1995, Longman, ISBN 0-582-21884-5*

Computational Fluid Dynamics - An Introduction for Engineers, M B Abbott & D R Basco, 1989*

Longman Scientific & Technical, Harlow, England. ISBN 0-582-01365-8*

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEngineering
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelEngineering
ModeratorStephanie Docherty
External ExaminerM Ghaleeh
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by IMechE as part of BEng (Hons) Mechanical Engineering and BEng (Hons) Aircraft Engineering programmes.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
The first coursework will be related to finite element analysis and will be weighted 50%.
The second coursework will be related to the computational fluid dynamics and will weighted at 50%.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
The programme leaders have considered how the programme meets the requirements of potential students from minority groups, including students from ethnic minorities, disabled students, students of different ages and students from under-represented groups. Students with special needs (including additional learning needs) would be assessed/accommodated and any identified barriers to particular groups of students discussed with the Enabling Support Unit and reasonable adjustments would be made for classes and site visits
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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