SEM712 - Advanced Finite Element Analysis


2023 unit information

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

For students enrolled in S460, S461, S462, S463, S465: SEM216 and completion of 18 credit points or Unit Chair approval.

For students enrolled in S751, S752, S756, S757, S758, S759, S652, S550: Nil

For students enrolled in courses outside of the School of Engineering: Unit Chair approval



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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. 

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning including a 1 x 2 hour interactive 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.

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