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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Day)
Coordinator(s)S Khoddam


Finite element analysis is widely used in mechanical, automotive, rail, mining and aerospace engineering. Commercial codes are used to identify elements in a given problem, their limitations and ways to improve the accuracy and reliability of analysis. Lectures present relevant theory and cover formulation of both the common default elements and the preferred element types. Other topics include stress recovery, formation of stiffness matrices, aspect ratio limits and the role of reduced integration. Tutorials provide hands-on knowledge of finite element analysis on a simple structure. Students develop skills in NASTRAN and FEMAP.


Class assignment: 10%
Project: 20%
Mid semester examination 20%
Examination (3 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Mark Thompson

Contact hours

22 lecture hours and 22 practice class hours


Must have passed 96 credit points including MEC3455 or MAE3407 or TRC2201.