Module Title:Agricultural Design, Simulation and Analysis
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:7
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Lectures, laboratories, demonstrations, research, project work and some study will be used to ensure the student has a wide range of experiences.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the design process and design evolution of components as well as failure criteria and stress / strain analysis for agricultural components and machinery.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe the stress at a point within a material / component, predicting the behaviour and/or failure of the material / component when subjected to loads with particular emphasis on agricultural applications.
LO2 Apply models of stress / strain to representative agricultural systems in order to determine relationships between loads and the corresponding deflection.
LO3 Develop finite element models of simple agricultural structures to solve for load, deflection and stress.
LO4 Develop mesh generation strategies for two and three-dimensional geometrical arrangements using industry standard software.
LO5 Application of F.E.A. to typical agricultural engineering design problems.
LO6 Quantify, by calculation and experimental measurement, the characteristic response of an agricultural system.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
CAD 1 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Stress strain relations
• Plane stress. • Mohr’s stress circle. • Three-dimensional stress.
Failure Criteria
• Rankine, Tresca & von Mises Failure criteria. • Stress concentrations.
Slope and Deflection of Beams
• Integration method. • Macaulay functions.
Finite Element Method
• Introduction to stiffness matrices. • Finite elements. • Co-ordinates systems. • Types of elements. • Manual analysis of simple structures.
• ANSYS Meshing Basics • Meshing Methods • Global Mesh Controls • Local Mesh Control • Assembly Meshing • Mesh Quality
Finite Element Analysis
• General Pre-processing. • Modelling Connections. • Remote Boundary Conditions and Constraint Equations. • Static Structural Analysis. • Modal Analysis. • Thermal Analysis. • Multistep Analysis. • Results and Post-Processing. Mechanical Nonlinear Connections and Contact • Interface Treatments • Bolt Pretension • Modeling Gaskets • Accessing Advanced Contact Features via MAPDL • General Contact Technology • Best Practices
Shear and Torsion
Modulus of elasticity. • Application to compound sections. • Shear stress and shear strain. • Modulus of Rigidity. • Torsion in solid and hollow shafts: Relationship between torque, shear stress, polar second moment of area, angle of twist. • Drive shaft configurations, cardinal shafts, balancing effect and coupling arrangements. • Power Transmission.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment25.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Class test 1,2,3 25.00 Week 12
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Students will complete projects investigating design issues and redesign solutions using CAD / FEA. 4,5,6 30.00 Sem 1 End
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Laboratory Experiments utilising engineering labs and FEA software. 3,4,5,6 45.00 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Lab/Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 1.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 11.07
Total Hours 238.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_EFARG_B Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Agricultural Systems Engineering 5 Mandatory
CW_EFARG_D Bachelor of Engineering in Agricultural Systems Engineering 5 Mandatory