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MECH3300 – Finite Element Method & Fracture Mechanics

Lecturer Dr Jeff Gates
Course Link UQ Site
Faculty EAIT
Prerequisites MECH2300
Contact Hours 2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour, 2 Practical or Laboratory hours
Semester(s) Taught Semester 1
Course Units 2
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Total average

51/100

Learning Materials ( 45 )
Learning Activities ( 45.3 )
Blackboard Management ( 50 )
Course Content ( 50 )
Course Structure ( 45 )
Contact Availability ( 61.7 )
Course Difficulty ( 60 )

Reviews (3)

Anonymous
   
MECH3300 – Finite Element Method & Fracture Mechanics 30.9

This course is a jumbled mess and one of the worst i've done. The Fracture Mechanics is taught dreadfully, with a focus of quantity over quality. The teaching methods are outdated and are purposefully made to confuse you instead of actually teaching the content. The tutorials are of no use and the formula sheet is inadequate, forcing you to learn formulae that you would never need to know in a real life scenario. I personally found the content dull, but this is more of a subjective criticism. Dr Gates knows the content well but delivers it very poorly. The Fracture Mechanics is the part of the course that really ruins it, especially considering its the major part of the course.

The Energy methods part of the course was quite interesting. The teaching of the section was solid but very rushed, only dedicating two lectures of the whole semester towards it. This topic really felt ham-fisted into the course and it only served to overwhelm the amount of information you needed to take in to pass the course. They even admit the only reason its in here is because it doesn't fit anywhere else.

The FEA part of the course is more of the same if you have done some previous mech courses. The tutorials are good teaching tools to help you learn the ways of ANSYS. The lectures explain the method behing FEA and how it is implemented. It goes without saying learning how Finite Element Analysis works behind the scenes is incredibly boring, but its important to gain an understanding of why and how your analysis software is working. Overall a decent part of the course.

Basically, the energy method and FEA parts of the course (which really could and maybe should be their own courses) were just your average mech subject, but the Fracture Mechanics component of the course is the spawn of Satan and will give you nightmares of full pages for one multi choice question.

Also, I took it in sem 1 2019, not 2018

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2017

Your program/major

Mech & Aero

Is lecture attendance necessary?

No

Is the textbook necessary?

No

Positives
  • Dr Heitmann
  • Energy Methods and FEA
  • Good understanding of ANSYS
Negatives
  • Dr Gates
  • Fracture Mechanics
Posted on April 8, 2020 6:57 pm
Anonymous
   
MECH3300 – Finite Element Method & Fracture Mechanics 50.0

the course was interesting but i honestly don't know what to study for in the exam, the tutorials was fun but the exams were messed up. Energy methods was a big part of the marks yet very minimal study material or examples were given. the final exam had content i never learned off in the semester

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2017

Your program/major

b engeneering

Is lecture attendance necessary?

yes

Is the textbook necessary?

yes

Positives
  • fun ansys
Negatives
  • crappy exam
  • i dont know what material too study for
  • what tutorial
Posted on July 4, 2018 6:39 pm
Anonymous
   
MECH3300 – Finite Element Method & Fracture Mechanics 72.1

I didn't mind this course, but it has changed dramatically from two years before I took it, even to the year after I took it (so I have been told).
The FE tutes are apparently different now - they used to be computer classes where you had to go through questions which helps or gives answers to the online quizzes. But the tutorials take too long, you can't always finish them in the time and they don't teach you much. Apparently these have been changed (for the better) since.

Fracture mechanics is okay, its actually not too difficult if you go to or listen to the lectures. The final exam question though were difficult.
FE was very hard on the final too.

Semester taken

Semester 1 - 2016

Your program/major

Mechanical Engineering

Is lecture attendance necessary?

Helps but not necessary

Is the textbook necessary?

No

Positives
  • Interesting
  • Friendly staff
  • Mid semester exam isn't too bad and is a good prep for final
Negatives
  • Difficult final
  • Bad tutorials
Posted on June 10, 2017 11:59 am

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