GENG5514 Finite Element Method

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit focuses on the finite element method (FEM) used for the numerical modelling and analysis of solids, structures and fluids. The FEM formulations and applications introduced throughout this unit include springs, trusses, Euler-Bernoulli and Timoshenko beams, 2 and 3 D elasticity problems, isoparameteric elements, steady state and transient heat transfer, thermo-mechanical coupling, as well as fluid flow in porous media. The unit also contains a brief introduction to the finite volume modelling of transport equations. In addition, students learn the proper use of selected commercial FEM softwares in order to solve practical engineering problems.
Students are able to (1) explain the basic theory behind the FEM; (2) identify whether a problem can be solved using the FEM; (3) use commercial software codes to build, constrain, mesh, run and debug FEM solutions for a range of applications; (4) critically evaluate the results of FEM calculations; (5) review the latest advances in the FEM and its applications, benefits and limitations; (6) work effectively in a diverse team to achieve professional outcomes; and (7) communicate effectively through concise written technical reports, using discourse conventions relevant to the discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online assessment; (2) group assignment; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Ali Karrech
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Civil Engineering specialisation
Mechanical Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: (ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
CIVL2110 Statics and Solid Mechanics)
(GENG2140 Modelling and Computer Analysis for Engineers
CITS2401 Computer Analysis and Visualisation)
[ENSC3010 Hydraulics
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics (or equivalent)]
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics, ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics
GENG4405 Numerical Methods and Modelling
MECH4405 Design Tools: Finite Element Modelling; CIVL7140 Civil Engineering Numerical Analysis; CIVL8140 Computational Solid Mechanics
Contact hours
lectures and practical classes
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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