SEM216 - Stress and Failure Analysis


2022 unit information

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

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


SEE010 or SEJ010

Incompatible with:


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

1 x 2 hour seminar per week, 2 x 3 hour practical laboratories per trimester.

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning including a 1 x 1 hour seminar per week. Students are required to attend and participate in practical laboratory activities at the Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Campus for the scheduled sessions during the trimester intensive activities as detailed in the unit site.


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.

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.

Unit Fee Information

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