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CIV8804 Advanced Design Practice using Finite Element Analysis

Units : 1
School or Department : School of Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 4 October 2023


Frame analysis packages such as Space Gass and Microstan have been developed by and for structural designers to assist with code-based design of conventional structures. They generate analysis output that is directly applicable to code based design. Finite element analysis packages such as Strand7 have been developed as general-purpose analysis tools. Structural designers are making increasing use of finite element analysis as a design tool particularly for non-standard structures. FEA can provide results that allow design of non-standard structures where code methods are not directly applicable. This course is concerned with developing an understanding of FEA and equally importantly, with reaching responsible and informed design decisions based on FEA results. The course is intended to be broadly applicable to designers of building, civil and industrial structures.

This course is concerned with the mechanics of "driving" an FEA package, using FEA output to develop a more sophisticated qualitative understanding of structural phenomena, and using quantitative FEA results as the basis for design decisions particularly where code methods are not directly applicable. A considerable emphasis is placed on using FEA to consolidate and extend the understanding of several phenomena likely to have been introduced in an undergraduate course. The course includes a substantial amount of design relevant theory required to understand the analysis of plate element models.

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Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2023 Online
Date printed 4 October 2023