C&ENVENG 4068 - Computer Methods of Structural Analysis
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2018
General Course Information
Course Code C&ENVENG 4068 Course Computer Methods of Structural Analysis Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites C&ENVENG 3020 Restrictions Available to BE(Civil & Struct), BE(Architectural) & associated double degree students only Course Description The objective of this course is to provide students with a thorough understanding of the theory and application of computer methods of structural analysis including Matrix Methods of structural analysis and the Finite Element Method. Topics include analysis of two and three dimensional trusses and frames; basic concepts of elasticity; formulation of different finite elements for plane stress, plane strain, axisymmetric and plate bending problems. Students will develop their own computer program and will also use commercial software for analysing structures.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Abdul SheikhContact details:
Office: N235 (Second Floor), Engineering North Biulding, North Terrace Campus
Phone: +61 8 8313 6450
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Discuss the fundamental concepts and theories of Matrix Methods for analysis of skeletal structures such as beams, plane and spacetrusses, plane and space frames and grillage structures, and competence in applying these theories to solve problems manually as well as using computer programs; 2 Discuss the fundamental concepts and theories of Finite Element Methods for analysis of continuum structures such as plane stress, plane strain, axisymmetric and three dimensional problems, and competence in applying these theories to solve problems manually as well as using computer programs; 3 Demonstrated ability in developing computer programs for skeletal structures; 4 Use commercially available software to analyse continuum as well as skeletal structures; 5 Demonstrated ability in problem identification, formulation and its solution for relevant structures and solid mechanics problems; 6 Demonstrated ability to manage tasks related to home assignments within the allocated time to meet submission deadlines; 7 Demonstrated ability to work professionally with other students for group projects on 1) Development and validation of a generalised computer program, 2) Analysis of structures using commercially available software; 8 Apply life long learning skills.
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.5 3.6
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-8 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
1-8 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
Required ResourcesLecture Slides (Power Point): To be available on MyUni. Printed copies of these slides (6 slides per page) will also be distributed at the beginning of lectures.
Lecture Notes: To be available on MyUni.
Computer Software: To be available on CADS.
Concepts and Application of Finite Element Applications, 4th Edition, R.D. Cook, D.S. Malkus, M.E. Plesha and R.J. Witt, John Wiley
Theory of Elasticity, 3rd Edition, S.P. Timoshenko and J.N. Goodier, McGraw-Hill
Theory of Plates and Shells, 2nd Edition, S.P. Timoshenko and S. Woinowsky Krieger, McGraw-Hill
Online LearningApart from using MyUni for uploading lecture slides (power point) and lecture notes, it will be used for posting homework assignments and their solutions, and the details of the group project. MyUni will also be used for communication (email) with students.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe sessions assigned for lecture will be used for formal lecture except few sessions for the demonstration of computer software and quiz. In addition to these sessions, consultation sessions will be provided to help students individually or in small groups for homework assignments, group project, general understanding of theories and solving problems. Teaching assistants will be available for consultations.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
In addition to 4 hours of regular lectures in a week, students are expected to spend approximately 6 hours (may be more) for studying lecture materials, practice examples from the lecture slides and solving homework problems. Students are expected to spend extra hours for the group project.
Learning Activities SummaryWeek 1: Introduction and Review of Structural Mechanics
Week 2: Stiffness Method – Basic Approach
Week 3: Stiffness Method – Basic Approach
Week 4: Stiffness Method – Element-wise Approach
(Element Stiffness Matrices, Transformation Matrices and Transformation Process)
Week 5: Stiffness Method – Element-wise Approach
(Assembly Process, Incorporation of Boundary Conditions, Solution Technique, Determination of Member Forces)
Week 6: Strategies for Computer Implementation of Stiffness Method
Demonstration of Computer Software
Week 7: Theory of Elasticity
Week 8: Finite Element Method (Introduction, Plane Stress Triangular Element)
Week 9: Finite Element Method (Rectangular and Triangular Plane Stress, Plane Strain and Axisymmetric Elements)
Week 10: Finite Element Method (Isoparametric Elements)
Week 11: Finite Element Method (Three Dimensional Elements)
Week 12: Finite Element Method (Plate Bending Elements)
Specific Course RequirementsYou have to achieve 40% in the final examination to pass this course.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceThe open ended group project consisting of maximum four students in a group will give an unique opportunity for small group discovery experience.
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Homework assignments 15 Individual Summative Weeks 3-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 8. GroupProject 20 Group Summative Weeks 8-12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 7. 8. Mid-semester Exam 5 Individual Summative Week 7 1. 2. 5. 8. Final Exam 60 Individual Summative Exam period 1. 2. 5. 8. Total 100
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Assessment Related RequirementsThe marks in the final examination should be at least 40% to pass this course.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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