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SEM406 - Advanced Modelling and Simulation

Unit details


2017 unit information

Offering information:

2018: SEM406 will be offered in Trimester 2 only

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Trimester 2: Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Michael Pereira


SEM327 and one unit from SEM302, SEM422, SED302



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 2 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week (CAD lab), 2 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.
Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin. 1 x 2 hour online Blackboard Collaborate session per week to replicate on-campus seminar learning experience.


This unit will study advanced aspects of modelling and simulation related to mechanical engineering. The unit will utilise and build upon the knowledge you have gained in your previous studies on material behaviour, dynamics, solid mechanics, and computer aided engineering. The main topics covered are: advanced modelling of mechanical multi-body dynamic (MBD) systems, and non-linear finite element analysis (FEA). Via a project-based approach, you will develop fundamental understanding of these two key simulation areas, as well as the ability to use this knowledge for the analysis of real world problems.  In the practical classes, students will also use experimental methods to provide context to and validation of the numerical analyses conducted during this unit. The mix of theoretical, numerical and experimental work will provide a good base for future career development in the advanced CAE area.


Finite Element Analysis (FEA) project report 30%, Multi-Body Dynamic (MDB) project report 30%, MBD and FEA project report (consisting of team project report 25%, individual project report 15%) 40%

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