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  • Locations: Busan, South Korea
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: SIUE applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2
Program Type: Faculty Led Area of Study: Engineering
Program Sponsorship Indicator: SIUE Instructor: Kweon, Soondo, Lee, Felix
Program Description:


Busan at night
SIUE Faculty-Led Program

Engineering at Tongmyoung University, Busan, South Korea

These days 3D (Dimensional) product design using commercial 3D CAD (Computer Aided Design) software is widely used in almost all engineering fields. Knowledge of this subject will increase the competitiveness of our students in the job market and in their future engineering practices. Finite element analysis (FEA) is a numerical technique widely used in almost all engineering fields to seek the solution for engineering problems. FEA is especially powerful in stress analysis of designs that involve 1) complicated geometry, 2) nonlinear material behavior and 3) large deformations. The use of the analytical methods that an undergraduate engineering student learns from the existing SIUE engineering curricula does not provide the solution for the listed designs. An introductory FEA course is offered at many engineering schools/colleges. To strengthen the SIUE students competitiveness in the job market, we propose to develop an interdisciplinary course 3D Product Design and FEA for upper-level undergraduate engineering students. We include 3D modeling techniques since modern high-end commercial FEA packages are usually integrated with computer-aided design (CAD) applications. This integration will allow students to analyze as they design, thereby expediting design cycles. This proposed course will benefit students in their capstone design courses as well.


Learn about Korean cultures as well as ABAQUS and CATIA… the spirit of teamwork and global spirit are built through this program... make many Korean friends and learn many useful skills ...this is a GREAT opportunity! Click the link below to see what students have said about this program...

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Academic Content

ME 492 Design and Structural Analysis with 3D Models 3 credit hours
IE 492 Design and Structural Analysis with 3D Models 3 credit hours
CE 492 Design and Structural Analysis with 3D Models 3 credit hours
Note that this course also satisfies the General Education requirement "EGC" (Educational Global Culture).  It also counts as a Technical Elective for both Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering.

Civil Engineering students may also apply, although Mechanical and Industrial Engineering students have first priority. Sorry, this program is not appropriate for Computer Science students.
Students participating in this program will pay the current SIUE tuition rate, approximately $960 for 3 credits. (undergraduate rate)

Course objectives

1. Understanding the basic steps to feature-based and solid modeling.Seokbul-sa
2. Constructing 3D models and assembly structures with CATIA
3. Generating 3D models for finite element analysis with CATIA.
4. Making complicated 3D models made up of multi-curvature surfaces and solids such as parts/body in automobiles and electronic appliances with CATIA
5. Understanding the basic theory of Finite Element Method.
6. Performing stress analysis using ABAQUS/ANSYS.

Lecture Topics

CAD part (CATIA)
  • Create, save, and edit CAD drawings; perform basic disk file management functions,
  • Understand the user interface, menus, toolbars, and the associated concepts,
  • Create 3-D parts using the sketch and feature commands,
  • Create assemblies from parts,
  • Create drawings from 3-D parts and/or assemblies,
  • Learn methods on model interrogation, visualization, material definition and measurements.
  • Introduction to the Finite Element Method
  • Weak form (Gallerkin) formulation of boundary value problems, element types, applying boundary conditions, time/increment control, material definition (constitutive equation) and linear/nonlinear analysis.
  • The FEA process: modeling or importing 3D models, meshing, material property assignment (constitutive equation), loading and boundary conditions, time step definition (convergence and solution techniques), and the interpretation of the result.
  • Analysis types: static analysis, linear/nonlinear analysis, elastic and elasto-plastic analysis.


Prices and Payments

The program is generously underwritten by the host university. 

The host institution, TongMyung University in Busan, South Korea, provides...

  1. Air fare, lodging and lunch meals for up to 10 domestic SIUE engineering students (Note the limitation (10 students only) on the number of sponsored students due to the high cost of air fare that Tongmyong University pays)
  2. Lodging and lunch meals for a limited number of international SIUE engineering students.
The few costs NOT covered are as follows:
  • SIUE Tuition
  • Most Meals
  • Books and Materials
  • Passport
  • SIUE Study Abroad Fee ($75)
  • SIUE Technology Fee (about $45)
  • Personal Expenses
Payment Schedule:
  • There are no program payments
  • Tuition and fees are billed to the student's Bursar account and payable with Summer term costs


Contact Information


Dr. Soondo Kweon
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering
EB 3155


Dr. H. Felix Lee
Professor, Industrial Engineering
EB 2055



Participants must be prepared to encounter cultural and social situations that require a high level of mature independence and respond appropriately to such situations.  Participants must be able successfully navigate transportation systems (air, train, bus, car) to the travel study destination(s) following all rules and laws pertaining to international travel and destinations.  Participants must be able to independently and collectively travel as a coherent group and maintain emotional maturity as warranted by the trip and its variety of educational experiences.  Participants must be prepared to independently walk long distances; carry personal luggage and groceries; walk up and down stairs; and navigate entrances and exits to public transportation, buildings, and cultural sites.   Participants must be prepared to encounter environments different from the United States which can include cigarette/cigar smoke, automobile exhaust, loud noise, congested streets and crowded public areas and a variety of other environments which may not be known except upon encountering them.  If you have any physical or emotional limitations, consider your health and capabilities carefully in consultation with your doctor before undertaking this trip. 


Dates / Deadlines:

This program is no longer accepting applications.