Course Descriptions
MECH_ENG 395: Special Topics: Computational Forensics and Failure Analysis (CEE 395)

Quarter Offered

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


The scope of this course is to provide insight and knowledge into the use of computational methods for forensic and failure analysis.  This study will range from accident investigation to the use of finite element methods to determine a root cause of failure.

  1. Introduction and review of the finite element method  
  2. Product design and product liability
  3. Accident investigation, data gathering and hypothesis development
  4. Fractography and fractured components
  5. Intro to computational fracture mechanics
  6. Finite element analysis and forensic analysis
  7. Interfacing and problem solving with other disciplines
  8. Engineering and professional ethics
Course Syllabus