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SEM216 - Stress and Failure Analysis


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

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

One unit from SEM111 or SEJ103; plus one unit from SEB101 or SEP101


SEE010 or SEJ010

Incompatible with:


Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

3 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 1 hour seminar per week, 2 x 3 hour practicals per trimester. All students are required to attend and participate in practical activities for this unit at scheduled sessions during the trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

3 x 1 hours of class per week (recordings provided), 1 x 1 hour online seminar per week and 2 x 3 hour practical sessions per trimester. Students are required to attend and participate in project-based activities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus on the scheduled day during the trimester intensive week (typically week 7).


This unit will include detailed analysis of various loading conditions in members including axial, multi-axial, pure bending, bending of composite beams, elasto-plastic bending, elastic and elastoplastic torsion, stress concentrations, transverse shear stresses in beams, shear flow and combined loadings and appropriate selection of materials to avoid failure through understanding of loading conditions and material properties. The unit will also address failure types including yielding, creep, fatigue, corrosion and structure-property relationships.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit

At the completion of this Unit
successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Understand the mechanical behaviour of materials
including the relationship between properties and structure
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO5: Problem solving


Solve and analyse three dimensional deformation and stress problems for different fundamental and practical- based cases GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
GLO5: Problem solving


Describe main failure modes and the mechanisms by which they occur for different engineering materials GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Assessment Description Student output Weighting (% total mark for unit) Indicative due week
Online quizzes Two online quizzes 20% (2 x 10%) Weeks 5 and 9
Practical report Two written reports 20% (2 x 10%) Scheduled submission dates
Examination 2-hour written examination 60% Examination period

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Hurdle requirement

To be eligible to obtain a pass in this unit, students must achieve an overall mark of at least 40% in the examination and a mark of at least 50% in the practical report.

Learning Resource

Prescribed text(s): Hibbeler, 2017, Mechanics of Materials in Si Units, 10th edition (or 8th edn or higher), Pearson Education.

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SEM216 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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