LismoreSession 2Session 2

Unit description

Addresses the prediction of failure of machine components and structures by computer modelling of stresses and strains using the Finite Element Method (FEM) and by assessment of criteria to predict fracture. The lectures on FEM are focussed on modelling and interpreting results from a commercial software package, rather than the underlying mathematical theory.

Unit content

Introduction to Finite Element Method  

Strain energy, Castigliano's theorem, interpolation functions  

Element types, 2-D analysis types, plate and shell models  

Force and displacement boundary conditions  

Introduction to nonlinear finite element models  

Using commercial finite element software  

Linear-elastic and elastic-plastic fracture mechanics  


Non-destructive testing

Failure analysis

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Recommended but not compulsory: Liu, GR & Quek, SS, 2013, The Finite Element Method: A Practical Course, 2nd edn, Butterworth-Heinemann. ISBN: 0080983561.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (6 weeks)
Laboratory session 1 hour (6 weeks)
Case study30%
Reflective writing10%

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