ME 345: Modeling and Simulation
Course Syllabus  Fall 2018
Instructor:
Frank Fisher
Office: Carnegie 200
Phone:
2012168913
Email:
ffisher@stevens.edu
Office
hours: Available immediately after class or by appointment. I also check
email regularly.
Lecture/discussion time: Friday 1:00  2:40pm, BC 220
Labs:
Teaching Assistants:
TBD
The course schedule/syllabus is for informational purposes only and is subject to change. Any changes/updates to the syllabus will be announced during class periods and/or via email.
Course Outcomes (distributed the first day of class)
What will you be able to do after taking this class? See the Course Outcomes here.
Important
notes and class information
7. Case Study 1 assigned October 5 and due Monday October 29 at 11:59pm. (Online submission through CANVAS, one submission per team). Groups may have a maximum of 3 students. (10/5)
6. Top inclass notes from the Course Outcome 1213 Week 1 Reading Assignment (group work in Lecture) (9/19)
5. Matlab programming assignment description. Due dates are Fri Sept 21 for the Progress Report and Fri October 5 for the final report. Submissions must be made on CANVAS. (9/7)
4. Group Member Evaluation form for the Case Studies is available here for review (PDF, */pdf)  these will be submitted via a GoogleDoc link with the submission of each Case Study (8/17)
3. Notes and suggestions for writing a Technical Report (for the ME345 Case Studies) available here (8/17)
2. Wolfram Alpha  very useful online symbolic mathematics tool (8/17)
1. This
is where important class information for ME345 will be provided and stored.
You will also be notified via email when/if information is placed here (8/17)
Week 
Date 
Topic/notes 
Materials 

1 
lab  misc

Lab
1  Reintroduction to SolidWorks 

Solidworks inprogram and online tutorials (selfdirected) 
class  8/31 
Introduction to Modeling and Simulation NAFEMS.org  an EU notforprofit who promotes effective use of simulation methods such as finite element analysis, multibody system dynamics, and computational fluid dynamics Example of a NAFEMS professional training workshop for Frature and Fatigue Analysis using FEM. 
 Course information  A look at Engineering as a Profession (from ASME.org)  The Top 5 Qualities That Lead to High Job Performance  Be sure that you can take the inverse of a 4 x 4 matrix using a calculator (you will be expected to be able to do this on the final quiz) 

2 
misc 
NO LAB  Labor Day (if Monday lab; Tuesday lab move down to next lab) 


class  9/7 
Matlab programming
1 Matlab Academy from Mathworks: 2hr "oncamp" course is free for Stevens students (will need to set up a MathWorks user account).

 Cool video on the importance of Computer Programming  Matlab Example: Cash Register code  Online Matlab documentation at Mathworks site  Useful online Matlab tutorials from TutorialsPoint  Problem 1: Matlab practice problems 

3 
lab  misc 
Lab 2  Assembly in SolidWorks   Toggle
press tutorial [1 page description available here; SW files here] 
class  9/14 
Matlab programming 2   Centrifugal Governor (SolidWorks files)  Matlab governor problem 

4 
lab  misc 
Lab
3  SolidWorks Motion (pre2009 called CosmosMotion) (CM user interface slides; Joint definition) 
 Four Bar mechanism (wiper) in SolidWorks Motion [Updated February 2013]  Bevel Gear exercise: Tutorial (PPT file) and Parts file (ZIP file for parts here) 
class  9/21 
Introduction to Finite Element Method *** Finite Element Learning Modules for Undergraduate Courses *** (tutorials resulting from an NSF funded project) *** We will only touch upon the tip of the tip of the FEM iceberg in this class. See, for example, some of the Professional Short Courses sponsored by NAFEMS that are available for those working in the FEM area. *** 
 PPT
slides in PDF  FEA and the Question of Credibility on ASME.org 

5 
lab  misc 
Lab 4  SolidWorks Simulation (pre2009 called CosmosWorks) and SolidWorks SimulationXpress
(pre2009 called CosmosXpress) 
 SolidWorks SimulationXpress
tutorial 1: Cantilevered IBeam  OPTIONAL: CosmosWorks 2006 Verification problems (worth a look) 
class  9/28 
Failure
theories, Von Mises stresses, and stress concentration factors (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics 1950 report on stress concentrations for hole in infinite plate) 

6 
lab  misc 
Lab 5  Ansys structural 
 truss 1 Additional ANSYS tutorials from Prof. John Baker at UK are available here

class  10/5 
Finite Elements
II (Matlab) [Optional: if you are interested, CE 681 Finite Element Method in Engineering Mechanics (Prof. Frak Xu, Civil Engineering) has a number of Matlab FEM codes!] 
 1D
FEM code in Matlab [edited 1D FEM code with exact solution for 'icicle problem'] The State of Mechanical Engineering: Today and Beyond (An ASME Research Study)  related to Course Outcome 12 and 13 

7 
lab  misc 
Lab 6  Thermal
and flow analyzes using ANSYS/SolidWorks Flow Simulation (pre2009 called Cosmos Flow): Part 1 
 Analyzing
flow in piping system using Flotran.pdf 
class  10/12 
Finite Elements III 
 Analogy
between FEM solutions in solid mechaincs, other domains 

8 
lab  misc 
Lab 7  Thermal and flow analyzes using ANSYS/SolidWorks Flow Simulation (pre2009 called Cosmos Flow): Part 2   Tutorial 1: Ball Valve (assignment and ZIP files to download) 
class  10/19 
Mechanical systems
1  Introduction
Examples of systems that can be modeled via Differential Equations 
 Five steps to solve for state equations of a system OPTIONAL: Popular set of online Math notes and tutorials, including DEQ, can be found here [from Paul Dawkins, Lamar University] OPTIONAL: A number of mathematics videos and tutorials are available at the free online Khan Academy. For example, for materials related to Differential Equations, see here. If you are interested, the Khan Academy was recently profiled in Business Week. 

9 
lab  misc 
Lab 8  ANSYS dynamics (Cantilever start; Modal analysis of cantilever) 
 Harmonic
analysis of cantilever  Cantilever transient analysis 
class  10/26 
Mechanical systems
2  Analysis



10 
lab  misc 
Lab 9  ANSYS Coupled
Analysis and PostProcessing Tutorials 
 ANSYS: cantilever beam and crosssectional analysis  ANSYS: cantilever beam and postprocessing of results  ANSYS Coupled Analysis Tutorial 
class  11/2 
Mechanical systems
3  Eigenvalue problems  note: my favorite discussion of Eigenvalue problems, written by Prof. Michael Peshkin at Northwestern, is online here  see Tacoma Narrows bridge (wikipedia) movie here  but is the  SNAP! (Early 90s music) 


11 
lab  misc 
Lab 10  CREO Elements/Pro (was called ProEngineer prior to 2011)   CREO / ProE
5 tutorial  FEM with ProE and ANSYS 
class  11/9 
Multivariate optimization
with EXCEL 
(More detail on the Simplex Method used by the Excel Solver and related tools For Reference Only) 

12 
lab  misc 
Lab 11  CREO Elements/Pro Mechanica (was called ProMechanica prior to 2011)   Intro
to ProMechanica  Ibeam in ProMechanica 
class  11/16 
TBD 


13 
lab  misc 
Lab 12  Optimization in ProMechanica / SolidWorks Simulation   ProE/CREO Optimization
tutorial (and Plate Part file)  Optimization bracket example  Article on use of CAE and optimization 
class  11/23 
NO CLASS: THANKGIVING BREAK 

14 
lab  misc 
Lab 13  Simulink I 
 Simulink
1 tutorial (Optional Matlab/Simulink Tutorials from the University of Michigan. Most cover Control topics as well which are covered in ME 483.) 
class  11/30 
QUIZ  
15 
lab  misc 
Lab 14  Simulink 2 
 Simulink
4 tutorial 
class  12/7 
Lifelong Learning for Engineers: Riding the Whirlwind (from NAE) 

The review and final exam period is from Saturday December 8 to Friday December 21.