SEM712 - CAE and Finite Element Analysis

Year: 2018 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Mathew Joosten





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Contact hours:

1 x 2 hour class per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week


The aim of the unit is to provide students with the necessary skills to perform structural analysis using the Finite Element Method (FEM). The unit will cover the underlying theory of the FEM and cover truss, beam, plane stress, shell and solid elements as well as various boundary conditions for common designs. An introduction to the software package Abaqus is given as well as the pre-processor Abaqus/CAE.


In this unit we will focus on applying the Finite Element theory to solve practical engineering problems. FEM builds upon your knowledge of statics, solid mechanics and strength of materials and allows you to investigate complex problems that may be difficult to solve using analytical approaches. An emphasis will be placed on understanding the limitations of your chosen modelling approach and validating your model to understand the accuracy of your chosen modelling approach.


Project 1, (individual) 15%, Project 2 (group) 25%, In-class test 1 10%, In-class test 2 10%, Final Examination 40%. To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit student must achieve an overall mark of at least 40% in the final examination.

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