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GENG5514 Finite Element Method

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1OnlineOnline timetabled
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 or Mechanical Engineering specialisation)
Advisable prior study:
ENSC3003 Fluid Mechanics, ENSC3004 Solid Mechanics and GENG4405 Numerical Methods and Modelling
Contact hours
lectures and practical classes
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.