Carnegie Mellon

Mechanical Engineering

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Four sections

The currently available sections are

Section 1: Structural Analysis with ANSYS.

Section 2: Thermal Analysis with ANSYS.

Section 3: Fluid Analysis with ANSYS

Section 4: Vibration Analysis with ANSYS

We plan to develop more sections in the near future. For example:

  Section 5: Advanced Engineering Analysis with ANSYS

How to sign up

You do not need to register this self-paced learning course through the regular registration process.  Just download this excel file and fill in the appropriate data. Then, send an email to Arbtip Dheeravongkit (Aom) with that file attached. She will enter your name into the Students section within two weeks.

How to start,  proceed, and complete

Once you send that email, you can start working on the problems anytime.  Every time you finish a problem print out the results and put it into the "hand-in box" in Peggy Martin's office at Scaife Hall 316.  Your solution will be checked and returned back to you within a week or two.  You can see the progress in the "Students" section of the course web page.

Recommended Textbook on ANSYS

Although you don't need a textbook to complete this course, if you would like to learn more about the finite element methods and  ANSYS we recommend the following book  

Book Title

Finite Element Analysis - Theory and Application with ANSYS

Author: Saeed Moaveni
Publisher: Prentice Hall Inc.

Also there are a good amount of information on the WEB.  Check the Reference section of the course web page.

Prerequisites and Recommended Background

There are no prerequisites for this course, but basic knowledge of topics that you would learn about in core engineering courses like Stress Analysis, Statics, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, and Thermal Fluids will enhance your grasp and understanding of the problems and of the nature of ANSYS as you work on the problems. Also we expect that you have some familiarity with the Windows operating system. No programming experience required.

Individual Effort

The solutions to all the problems that you hand in should be generated by your individual effort.  It is OK to discuss the approach to problems with other students, but the final results must be your own work and should not be copied from someone else.

Your Workload

Time management is a critical factor to your academic success, as to any professional environment. While the exact time devoted by individuals would vary, we estimate the total time you need to invest to finish each section of the course as follows:



Approximate Time Required

Section 1: Structural Analysis

20 - 30 hours

Section 2: Thermal

20 - 30 hours

Section 2: Fluid Analysis

25 - 35 hours

Section 4: Vibration

 5 - 10 hours

Section 3: Advanced Topics


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