Prepare mechanical models for computer-aided engineering (CAE) (72 HRS)

Nominal Hours: 72 | Diploma/Adv Dip: (Elective Group B) | CompetencyBased  
Assessment Plan: (One Semester: 18 weeks x 3 hrs/wk)
Updated May 2016

# Topic Links and Videos Assess #


Assess schedule Work Load% Must Pass Perf. Criteria
1 Introduction to FEA C Frame Upload 2 5 10 Y 1.1,4,5, 2.1-5, 3.1-3

Cantilever: FEA/theory/experiment

CantileverUpload4710Y1.4-5, 2.1-5, 3.1-3
3 Vibration: FEA/theory/experiment Vibration Upload 6 9 10 Y All
4  Shape Generator Shape Gen Upload 9 12 10 Y 1.4-5, 2.1-5, 3.1-3
5 Frame Analysis Frame Upload 11 13 10 Y All
6 Dynamic Simulation Simulation Upload 13 15 20 Y All
Engineering Stream
Lifting Bracket
PROJECT : Lifting a Container
or... University Stream
Shear in Bending: FEA/Theory
Combined Stress: Bicycle Crank
Beam Shear
Crank Arm
14 16 10 Y All
8Final Exam - - - - - - -
- TOTAL - - - - 100 - -

CBT = Computer Based Testing: Typically consists of practice mode and assessment mode (Moodle).
Exam = Written test submitted on paper, all working shown neatly.

*Where applicable.


Finite Element Analysis in Practice (Autodesk) (Also here) This resource is 12MB and 266 pages and covers much of the content for this unit. Based on Inventor Professional 2011 and Algor, so some things will look a bit different, but the concepts are very much the same.


(CAUTION: This subject contains most of MEM30006A Stresses, so you should do both together) Assessment is a combination of multiple choice tests, written tests, and submitted reports (print/email).

  • Lab Reports: Specification for lab reports. (Including error analysis where required)
  • Project Reports: Specification for project reports.
  • TESTER tasks: Computer based learning and assessment using the TESTER program.
    Procedures and rules. For most computer-based assessments, homework must be presented before Tester (exam mode) can be attempted.  In some cases, certain programs (e.g. Excel) are excluded from running with Tester during an exam. 

When you have completed this unit of competency you will have developed the knowledge and skills to determine the resultant and equilibrant of systems of forces, in one plane, then determine nominal sizes for a simple horizontal beam subject to a combination of uniform and point loadings.

Required Texts   

Text book Subjects Picture



  • advantages and disadvantages of CAM using modelling compared to traditional manufacturing methods
  • implications to be taken into account when modelling (e.g. efficiency of production, generation of waste and life cycle considerations)
  • typical mechanical components, assemblies and layouts suitable for modelling
  • software functions and features
  • model creation techniques, including:
    • using and manipulating coordinate systems
    • creating 3-D entities, ruled and revolved surfaces
    • creating solids, editing and combining solids
    • manipulating entities and solids
    • library files
    • manipulations of solids and library files
    • 3-D graphics from models, including rotated views and sections
    • dimensioned orthographic representations from models
  • typical modelling processes, including:
    • computer modelling
    • post-processing
    • prototyping and model manufacture
  • mathematical model analysis options, such as:
    • finite analysis of heat flows
    • finite analysis of stresses and deflections
  • physical modelling options
  • traditional, current and emerging modelling methods
  • WHS and regulatory requirements, codes of practice, risk assessment and registration requirements relevant to modelling task
  • job requirements that may create a need for licensed technical and professional services assistance
  • modelling compared to traditional representation methods, including:
    • pen and pencil graphics compared to wire frame, surface and solid models
    • computer animations compared to transparent overlay mobiles to test clearances and motions
    • solid models compared to isometric representations
    • computer library files compared to the use of reference charts and catalogue information

Elements and Performance Criteria


Identify model parameters


Identify the engineering context of computer modelling


Identify sustainability issues related to required models


Identify work health and safety (WHS) and regulatory requirements related to modelling processes and materials


Identify the virtual or physical model parameters, form, function and features


Identify required model generation processes, including any required graphics generation, post-processing and physical modelling


Identify licensed technical and professional assistance for advice, as required


Develop model


Generate initial graphical model


Undertake initial consultation on model with stakeholders and adjust, as required


Prepare model for intended purpose


Trial model for purpose and complete investigative analysis or produce physical model


Evaluate model against design criteria with stakeholders and make adjustments, as required


Engage appropriate licensed technical and professional assistance for advice, as required


Finalise modelling


Prepare final model


Report and demonstrate results


Provide documentation, instructions, models and files, as required


Obtain sign-off