CIV_ENV 328: Computational Forensics and Failure Analysis

Quarter Offered

Spring : TTH 3:30-4:50 ; Fleming


CIV_ENV 327-0 or MECH_ENG 327-0


The course will provide insight and knowledge into the application of computer simulation methods  for forensic and failure analysis problems. Students will learn how to:

  1. Use engineering analysis to assess physical evidence, such as deformed structures and fracture surfaces
  2. How to use finite element analysis, combined with the analysis of physical evidence and the application of fundamental engineering mechanics principles, and part of a failure analysis
  3. Learn to present results decisively and effectively

This scope of this course will cover the use of the scientific method for accident investigation, hypothesis development, and the use of the finite element method to analyze the root cause of a failure. Practical application problems for both civil and mechanical structures will be analyzed using commercial finite element codes (Abaqus, Hypermesh, LS-Dyna).

Who Should Take This Course?

Seniors and graduate students in the Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Material Science departments, along with students in the MSME Simulation-Driven Engineering (SDE) program.

Course Assessment

  • 20% Homework
  • 20% Midterm
  • 50% Projects
  • 10%  Classroom Participation

Offered jointly with MECH_ENG 395, 24


No Formal Text

Course Outline, Outcomes and Goals