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EG3001 - Finite Element Analysis

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Engineering

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. Shape functions.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the basics of finite element modelling;
  • Apply the modelling technique to solve engineering problems.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to a given discipline or discourse;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies.
Prerequisites: EG1002 AND EG1011 AND MA2000
CS4006 ME3514


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coord/Lect: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 65 hours - Lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, practicals, site visits and/or seminars. Refer to Subject Outline for details.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50% - 70%); on-course assessment, some of which may be invigilated (30% - 50%).

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.