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CIVL5458: Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering (2017  Semester 1)
Unit:  CIVL5458: Numerical Methods in Civil Engineering (6 CP) 
Mode:  NormalDay 
On Offer:  Yes 
Level:  Postgraduate 
Faculty/School:  Civil Engineering 
Unit Coordinator/s: 
Dr AlonsoMarroquin, Fernando

Session options:  Semester 1 
Versions for this Unit: 
Campus:  Camperdown/Darlington 
PreRequisites:  None. 
Brief Handbook Description:  The objective of this unit is to provide students with fundamental knowledge of finite element analysis and how to apply this knowledge to the solution of civil engineering problems at intermediate and advanced levels. At the end of this unit, students should acquire knowledge of methods of formulating finite element equations, basic element types, the use of finite element methods for solving problems in structural, geotechnical and continuum analysis and the use of finite element software packages. The syllabus comprises introduction to finite element theory, analysis of bars, beams and columns, and assemblages of these structural elements; analysis of elastic continua; problems of plane strain, plane stress and axial symmetry; use, testing and validation of finite element software packages; and extensions to apply this knowledge to problems encountered in engineering practice. On completion of this unit, students will have gained the following knowledge and skills: 1. Knowledge of methods of formulating finite element equations. This will provide students with an insight into the principles at the basis of the FE elements available in commercial FE software. 2. Knowledge of basic element types. Students will be able to evaluate the adequacy of different elements in providing accurate and reliable results. 3. Knowledge of the use of finite element methods for solving problems in structural and geotechnical engineering applications. Students will be exposed to some applications to enable them to gain familiarity with FE analyses. 4. Knowledge of the use of finite element programming and modeling. 5. Extended knowledge of the application of FE to solve civil engineering problems. 
Assumed Knowledge:  None. 
Lecturer/s: 
A/Prof Ansourian, Peter
Dr AlonsoMarroquin, Fernando 

Tutor/s:  Faham Tahmasebinia, faham.tahmasebinia@sydney.edu.au  
Timetable:  CIVL5458 Timetable  
Time Commitment: 


T&L Activities:  Lecture: (2 hours/session) Student will attend four hours lecture the first four weeks, and two hours the rest of the weeks. Each section will be accompanied by classwork activities related to the topic covered during the lecture. Demonstration: (1–2 hours/week) Lecture sessions are held in the Lecture Room 1 for demonstration of use of Strand7 programming packages. These demonstrations provide an introduction to the features of Strand7 for the modelling of finite element problems, Tutorials (2 hours/week) there will be two tutorial groups in Hawkins Lab, Wed 11:0013:00 and Wed 14:0016:00. Independent Study: (8 hours/week) Many learning and tutorial exercises rely on the use of pen and paper, Matlab, Excel and Strand7. Students can work on these tasks in their own time. Lectures and demonstrations held in Civil Engineering Lecture Room 1 (Rm 203) Mon 11:00–13:00 every week Wed 9:00– 11:00 weeks 1–9 Tutorials held in Hawkins Lab Tutorial 1: Wed 11:00–13:00 weeks 5–6 and 8–13 Tutorial 2: Wed 14:00–16:00 weeks 5–6 and 8–13 
Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.
Attribute Development Method  Attribute Developed 
Through identification of the role of finite element techniques in modern engineering analysis and design.  Design (Level 4) 
By investigation of challenging engineering problems during assignments, using computerbased methods of structural mechanics.  Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) 
By developing awareness of the available software packages for finite element analysis.  Information Seeking (Level 1) 
Through the need to complete written assignments.  Communication (Level 1) 
For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.
Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.
Design (Level 4)Assessment Methods: 


Assessment Description: 
The Quiz is weighted 10%. Final exam will be weighted 30% for students that do not present quiz. Six group assignments will be posted along the course, 5% points each, Total 30%. The assignments will include bar frames, plane elasticity, thermal load and seepage, bending of plates, plate with a hole, and multistorey buildings. Final project consists of presentations and written report with a total of 40%. The assessment will include 5% project brief presentation, 10% oral presentation, 10% poster, and 15% report. The report and poster will be submitted on week 11 and resubmitted at week 13 after feedback. Final exam is weighted 20%, or 30% if the student did not present the quiz. Bonus points will account maximal 5%, for class participation and matlab programming 

Grading: 


Policies & Procedures:  See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/studentpolicies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies. 
Prescribed Text/s: 
Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.

Recommended Reference/s: 
Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.

Note on Resources: 
Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp
Week  Description 
Week 1  Lecture: Monday 1113: Introduction to numerical modelling. Governing equations 
Lecture: Wednesday 911: Finite element method and finite difference method  
Week 2  Lecture/Tutorial: Wednesday 1011, Introduction to Strand7: bar and beam frames 
Lecture: Monday 1113: Finite element concepts  
Lecture: Wednesday 910: Bar frames  
Week 3  Lecture: Wednesday 910: Formulation of stressstrain relations, plane stress, plane strain, axisymmetric analysis 
Lecture: Monday 1113: Stress and strain in continua  
Lecture/Tutorial: Wednesday 1011: Plane elasticity problems in Strand7  
Week 4  Lecture: Wednesday 910: Finite element modelling of scalar fields 
Lecture: Monday 1113: Finite element modelling of vectorial fields  
Lecture/Tutorial: Wednesday 1011: Strand7 modelling of thermal and seepage problems  
Week 5  Lecture/Tutorial: Wednesday 911: Strand7 modelling of bending of plates. Nonlinear finite element modelling 
Lecture: Monday 1113: Structural mechanics: bending of beams of plates. Nonlinear problems  
Week 6  Lecture: Monday 1113: Isoparametric finite element formulation 
Lecture/Tutorial: Wednesday 911: Strand7 modelling of a plate with a hole  
Week 7  Lecture: Monday 1113: Revision 
Assessment Due: Wednesday 911: Quiz  
Assessment Due: Quiz  
Week 8  Lecture/Tutorial: Wednesday 911: Static analysis of multistorey buildings using Strand7 
Lecture: Monday 1113: Modelling of buildings and bridges  
Week 9  Lecture: Monday 1113: Dynamic analysis. 
Lecture/Tutorial: Wednesday 911: Dynamic analysis of multistorey buildings using Strand7. Cable elements  
Week 10  Project brief 
Week 11  Project brief 
Week 12  Presentation series 
Week 13  Presentation series 
Assessment Due: Project Presentation and Report  
Exam Period  Assessment Due: Exam 
Course Relations
The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.
Course Goals
This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:
Attribute  Practiced  Assessed 
Design (Level 4)  Yes  45.32% 
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4)  Yes  27.32% 
Information Seeking (Level 1)  Yes  27.32% 
Communication (Level 1)  Yes  0% 
These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.