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CES 512/513 COMPUTATIONAL ANALYSIS FOR ENGINEERS

SEMESTER MARCH JULY 2017

FORMATIVE ASSESMENT 2

QUESTION 1

a) Discuss the effect of discretisation process on the numerical accuracy of finite element
solution.
(5 marks)

b) Figure Q2c shows a non-prismatic beam structure, ABC, with total span of 5.5 meter.
The beam carries uniformly distributed load of 2.3 kN/m and 4.2 kN/m on segment AB
and BC correspondingly. Segment AB and BC has a solid circular cross section of 100
mm radius and a rectangular section of 400 mm x 400 mm respectively. The beam is
made of steel material with elastic modulus of 200 GPa.

4.2
kN/m
2.3
kN/m

FIXE FIXE
B C D
D A

2m 3.5 m

Figure Q2c

i. Propose the finite element model of the beam and determine the local stiffness matrix
of the beam structure. (5 marks)
ii. Compute the global load vector acting on the beam. (3 marks)
iii. Using the Gauss-Elimination Method, solve the displacement at node B and determine
the forces at node A.
(12 marks)