Engineering Mechanics 1

University of Limerick

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Engineering Mechanics 1

  • Host University

    University of Limerick

  • Location

    Limerick, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Engineering Science, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    Gravity + Reaction = Equilibrium (stable, neutral, un-stable); Newton?s Laws; Human Arch; concepts of gravity, reaction, forces, friction, free-body diagram; Structural forms; natural and man-made; Loading; dead, imposed, thermal, wind and dynamic; Free Body Diagrams; Equations of static equilibrium; vertical, horizontal and moment equilibrium; Support condition; pinned, roller and fixed; Internal member behaviour; axial tension/compression, bending and shear; Failure modes, individual elements, buckling of compression members, tensile, bending/shear; overall stability; construct simple models to illustrate modes of failure; 3-pin arch structures analysed using precedent studies support reactions under different loading conditions; Basic member sizing under axial tension, Basic foundation types and foundation sizing; Introduction to research methods and resources; Initial experience of design as an iterative and creative process subject to constraints; Synthesis of ideas from strength of materials, ?Assembly and Techniques? and ?Drawing and Representation? in a design task; Assignments will typically involve prototype or model construction, as well as material or component testing; Presentation for critique of research results and proposals.

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