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Computational Mechanics Tools

Jos Muoz, Nati Pastor,

Josep Sarrate, Enrique Escolano,
Computational Mechanics Tools


This module presents several tools that are useful in computational mechanics:

Mesh generation algorithms

Mesh generation packages (GiD)

FEM commercial package (Abaqus)

Computational Mechanics Tools


Introduction to computer modelling

Mesh generation: structured, unstructured and mesh optimization

Governing physics: thermal, mechanical, fluids, diffusion,

Overview of numerical approaches:

Finite difference, finite elements, finite volumes
Dynamics: time marching schemes,

Commercial and non-commercial codes

Solvers: ABAQUS
Pre and post-process: GID

Solution of practical problems

Computational Mechanics Tools


30% Homework,
30% Course GiD project
40% Course Simulation Project

Homework has to be done individually

Course projects to be worked out in teams of 2 students (except online

A selection of topic will be proposed
Guidelines will be published in the Virtual Campus

Homework 1: 17th November 2014 (jose.sarrate@upc.edu)
Homework 2: 3th December 2014 (natividad.pastor@upc.edu)
Homework 3: 9th January 2015 (j.munoz@upc.edu)
Course Gid Project: 9th January 2015 (escolano@cimne.upc.es)
Course Simulation Project: 16th January 2015 (j.munoz@upc.edu)
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Computational Mechanics Tools 2014-2015 Lecturers: Irene Arias, Natividad Pastor, Josep Sarrate, GID Team

Week Day Date Hour Session Topic Room

Tuesday 14-Oct-14 15:00-17:00 S01 Introduction to Comp. modeling in the context of Eng. Sciences A2-101
Wednesday 15-Oct-14 12:00-14:00 S02 Practical session with GID: Introduction D1-101
Tuesday 21-Oct-14 15:00-17:00 S03 Introduction to mesh generation. Structured mesh generation A2-101
Wednesday 22-Oct-14 12:00-14:00 S04 Unstructured mesh generation A2-101
Tuesday 28-Oct-14 15:00-17:00 S05 Practical session with GID: Meshing D1-101
Wednesday 29-Oct-14 12:00-14:00 S06 Mesh optimization algorithms A2-101
Tuesday 4-Nov-14 15:00-17:00 S07 Practical session with GID: A complete case D1-101
Wednesday 5-Nov-14 12:00-14:00 S08 Practical session with GID: Customization D1-101
Tuesday 11-Nov-14 15:00-17:00 S09 Governing Physics A2-101
Wednesday 12-Nov-14 12:00-14:00 S10 Modeling exercise with pdetool D1-101
Tuesday 18-Nov-14 15:00-17:00 S11 Exercise on heat transfer D1-101
Discretization methods. FEM. Overview of commercial FE
Wednesday 19-Nov-14 12:00-14:00 S12 software A2-101
Tuesday 25-Nov-14 15:00-17:00 S13 Introduction to Abaqus D1-101
Wednesday 26-Nov-14 12:00-14:00 S14 The mechanical problem I (linearly elastic and stationary) A2-101
Tuesday 2-Dec-14 15:00-17:00 S15 Linear elasticity with Abaqus D1-101
Wednesday 3-Dec-14 12:00-14:00 S16 Dynamics A2-101
Tuesday 9-Dec-14 15:00-17:00 Holiday
Wednesday 10-Dec-14 12:00-14:00 S17 Dynamics with Abaqus D1-101
Tuesday 16-Dec-14 15:00-17:00 S18 Nonlinear problems A2-101
Wednesday 17-Dec-14 12:00-14:00 S19 Exercise on Nonlinear elasticity (Matlab) D1-101
Tuesday 23-Dec-14 15:00-17:00
Friday 16-Jan-15 TBD S20 Course project presentations A3-104

Computational Mechanics Tools


Faux D. and Pratt M.J. Computational Geometry for Design and

Manufacture, Elli Horwood Publishers, 1987.

Piegl L. and Tiller W., The Nurbs Book, Springer, 1997

Thompson J.F., Soni B.K., and Weatherill N.P., Handbook of Grid

Generation, CRC press, 1999

Topping B.H.V., Muylle J., Ivnyi P., Putanowicz R., Cheng B., Finite Element
Mesh Generation, Saxe-Coburg Publications, 2004.

GiD homepage http://www.gidhome.com/

Zienkiewicz, O.C.; Morgan. K.. Finite elements and approximation. Dover

Publications. 2006.