MAE3456 - Aerospace computational mechanics - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Chris Davies


Professor Murray Rudman

Unit guides



  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


ENG1060, ENG1091 or MTH1030 or MTH1035 or ENG1005


MEC3456, MEC2456Not offered in 2019, MAE2403Not offered in 2019


This unit introduces numerical analysis techniques for interpolation, root finding, integration, the solution of ordinary differential equations, and the analysis of data. The role computers play in the solution of modern aerospace engineering problems is emphasised through exposure to finite difference, finite volume and finite element techniques for partial differential equations, and the implementation of these techniques in commercial fluid dynamics and structural mechanics packages.


On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Apply appropriate mathematical and numerical techniques to solve common engineering problems.
  2. Construct algorithms and programs that can solve engineering problems by integrating multiple numerical techniques.
  3. Apply these programs to engineering problems in order to generate solutions.
  4. Analyse and interpret data using numerical techniques.
  5. Assess algorithms, programs and solutions for error, stability and accuracy.


Continuous assessment: 40%

Final Examination (3 hours): 60%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. A unit requires on average three to five hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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