Courses & Units

Computational Analysis ENG714


This unit introduces students to computational analysis using finite element analysis (FEA) and computational fluid dynamics (CFD). The unit covers background theory and numerical methods and explores the application of commercial software in solving practical problems with an emphasis on design and optimisation of solutions.


Unit name Computational Analysis
Unit code ENG714
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering
Coordinator Associate Professor Alan Henderson
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Develop CFD and FEA models and apply accepted formal procedures to verify them with regard to mesh, time-step and physics settings.
  • Identify or derive relevant analytic or empirical solutions to continuum mechanics problems and apply them toward validaing computational mechanics models.
  • Design and optimise an engineering component subjected to fluid-structure interactions using multiphysics simulations.
  • Communicate outcomes of computational mechanics simulations to discipline peers through a technical report that follows professional expectations, conventions and standards of presentation.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010199 $555.00 $555.00 not applicable $2,648.00

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KME771 and ENG703 and ENG704


Teaching Pattern

The unit consists of 3 modules.

Module 1 (weeks 1-4) introduces CFD theory and applications through pre-recorded lectures, a weekly 2 hour lectorial and 3x CFD  workshops.

Module 2 (weeks 5-8)  introduces Finite Element Analysis (FEA) theory and applications through a combination of pre-recorded lectures, a weekly 2 hour lectorial and 3 x FEA workshops.

Module 3 (weeks 9-13) introduces multiphysics analysis, combining both CFD and FEA through a 4 week assignment with lectorials and 4 x 2 hour workshops.


AssessmentIn-Class Test 1 (10%)|In-Class Test 2 (10%)|Analysis and Optimisation Exercise 1 (CFD) (15%)|Analysis and Optimisation Exercise 2 (FEA) (15%)|Design and Optimisation (50%)
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Versteeg,  H.and Malalasekera, W.  An Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics: The Finite Volume Method, 2nd Edition, 2007 (or more rec

Daryl L. Logan, "A First Course in Finite Element Method" 6th Edition, Cengage Learning, 2017 (or any other recent edition).

Cengel and Cimbala, Fluid Mechanics. Fundamentals and Applications, Fourth Edition in SI units, McGraw-Hill, New York, 2019

Fluid Mechanics - E-Book 

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Fluid Mechanics - hard copy 

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