UT Dallas 2013 Graduate Catalog

MECH6353 - Computational Mechanics

MECH 6353 Computational Mechanics (3 semester hours) This course provides an introduction to nonlinear finite element methods (FEMs) for solving solid mechanics problems. Topics include total and updated Lagrangian formulations in FEMs, variational principles in continuum mechanics, FEM/meshfree shape functions and numerical discretization, adaptivity and error estimates, explicit and implicit time integration methods, stability and convergence analysis, space-time FEM formulation, Newton's method and constraints, line-search and arc-length methods, impact and contact, computational elasticity and inelasticity. Prerequisite: MECH 6306 or equivalent. (3-0) T