Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (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 some leading edge commercial CAD programs.


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

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

22 lecture hours and 22 practice class hours


Must have passed 96 credit points including MEC3455 or MAE2401 or TRC2201.