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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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?


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

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