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CS4010 - Finite Element Analysis and Structural Dynamics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Students will learn the fundamental concepts of structural dynamics for Single-Degree-of-Freedom systems and then extend these concepts to Multi-Degree-of-Freedom systems. Various techniques to solve equilibrium equations in Structural Dynamics will be covered. Students will also undertake an introductory study of the earthquake response of structures. Students will learn fundamental theory of numerical methods in engineering and will learn to apply such methods in the analysis of various thermal, fluid, static and dynamic mechanical problems. Some complementary numerical theory and application sections will be taught in parallel during the semester to provide context for one another and provide an introduction to some of the numerical tools available to today's engineers. Within the theory section of the subject, students will learn the fundamentals and implementation of the finite element method (FEM). In the application part of the subject, students will be trained in the use of the ANSYS commercial FEM package for static and dynamic problems, as well as in the interpretation and analysis of results. Students will learn the place of numerical software in the design workflow.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply the modelling technique to solve problems in Civil Engineering;
  • explain the fundamental concepts of structural dynamics and finite element modelling;
  • demonstrate analysis of structural systems and solution methodologies;
  • investigate earthquake response of structures;
  • construct finite element modelling;
  • use commercial finite element packages to solve engineering problems.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Written > Technical report - (50%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: EG1002 AND CS3000 AND MA2000
CS4006 ME3514 EG3002


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Peter To.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 39 hours specialised
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.