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SEM406 - Advanced Modelling and Simulation


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: Johannes Reiner

SEM327 and one unit from SEM302, SEM422 or SED302



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:

2 x 1 hour classes per week, 1 x 2 hour seminar per week (CAD lab), 2 x 3 hour practicals per trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2 x 1 hour classes per week (recordings provided), 1 x 2 hour online seminar per week 2 x 3 hour practicals per trimester (recordings, information and/or data provided to allow students to conduct practical activities away from the campus).


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 (CAE). The main topics covered are: modelling of mechanical multi-body dynamic (MBD) systems, and 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.

  These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this unit successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
ULO1 Recall discipline specific knowledge to conduct engineering hand calculations to validate stressdeflection and dynamic responses of a mechanical structures and systems GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
ULO2 Apply discipline specific knowledge to manually formulate and solve two dimensional finite element structures and multi-body dynamics systems GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO4: Critical thinking
ULO3 Identify appropriate simplifications and assumptions to allow the geometryboundary conditionselement types
meshing strategiesanalysis types and material properties to be accurately modelled in finite element and multi-body dynamics analyses
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO5: Problem solving
ULO4 Implement a structured computer aided engineering process to develop accurate finite element and multi-body dynamic models using general purpose numerical modelling software GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO3: Digital literacy
GLO5: Problem solving
ULO5 Communicate effectively to a general audience and a team of technical specialists in a professional manner to convey both non-technical and technical content via discussions and reports GLO2: Communication
GLO7: Teamwork

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
Finite Element Analysis (FEA) project report 20-25 page written report 30% Week 5
Multi-Body Dynamic (MDB) project report 15-20 page written report 30% Week 8
MBD and FEA project report MBD model development and written reports. 40% (team project report 25%, individual project report 15%) Weeks 10 and 12

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.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: SEM406 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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