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EG3002 - Finite Element Analysis and Structural Dynamics

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Engineering (pre 2015)

Concepts and applications of finite element methods and continuum mechanics. Direct method. Minimum total potential energy formulation. Weighted residual formulation. Trusses. Axial members. One-dimensional elements. Two-dimensional elements. Isoprarametric formulation. Shape functions. Numerical integration (Gaussian quadrature). Plane stress. Plane strain. Three-dimensional elements. Introduction to eigenanalysis and dynamic analysis. Earthquake engineering. Special topics on FEM applications in civil engineering. Finite element modelling (FEM) of structural and field problems. Element types: beams, plane strain, plane stress, axisymmetric, shells, 3D solids; The Galerkin method. Modelling strategy including loads and boundary conditions, symmetry, Saint-Venant's principle; Constitutive laws: linear solids, thermal, porous media and geomechanics. Durability modelling. Solution schemes: implicit, explicit. Application to industrial problems. Introduction to non-linear problems. The broad aim of this subject is to give students in engineering a computational framework upon which they can build if they become enthused with the emerging area of computational engineering. Specifically, the objectives are to: introduce students to geometry modelling; introduce students to the fundamentals of the finite element method; introduce students to state-of-the-art codes and hardware for solving real world problems; introduce students to dynamic modelling; demonstrate the power and applicability of FEM to the solution of routine and more complex problems in multi-physics.

Learning Outcomes

  • understand the basics of finite element modelling;
  • apply the modelling technique to solve problems in Civil Engineering;
  • develop a computational framework upon which students can build if they become enthused with the emerging area of computational engineering.
Prerequisites: EG1002 AND EG1011 AND MA2000
CS4006 ME3514


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: <Person not found>
Lecturers: <Person not found>, Dr Rory Gover.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 13 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60%); quizzes or tests (15%); assignments (10%); one project (15%).

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