GENG5514 Finite Element Methods

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit focuses on finite element (FE) and finite volume (FV) modelling and analysis of solids, structures and fluids. It also introduces numerical methods and solution procedures for linear and nonlinear problems. On completion of this unit, students acquire a good understanding of the theory behind FE and FV methods and they learn the proper use of these methods to solve engineering problems. They learn the proper use of selected commercial FE solvers and FE mesh generators in order to select a type of FE analysis and its parameters, generate mesh for a range of applications and debug a solution. They identify whether a problem can be solved by FE analysis and appreciate the benefits and limitations of the FE/FV methods.
Students are able to (1) explain the basic theory behind the FE and FV method; (2) identify whether a problem can be solved using the FE analysis; (3) discuss the benefits and limitations of the FE method; (4) use commercial software codes in order to generate mesh for a range of applications and debug the obtained solutions; (5) interpret and evaluate results for a FE/FV analysis; (6) review the latest advances in the FE/FV analysis and its applications, benefits and limitations; (7) work effectively in a diverse team to achieve professional outcomes; and (8) communicate effectively through concise written technical reports, using discourse conventions relevant to the discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class assessment; (2) group project and 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_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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