Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao
Area of Study
Materials Science Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
Taught In English
College level Maths and Physics.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units6
Hours & Credits
In this course, the principles of Strength of Materials and Mechanisms are studied, as basic
areas in which many industrial applications are based. On one hand, Strength of Materials
studies the loads that a structural system supports, to test its correct behavior in terms of the
deformations, and the possible break of the elements configuring the structure. On the other
hand, Mechanisms are the base for the working of machines, which transmit forces and
movement (that is, power) from the energy source (e.g. the combustion engine in a vehicle) to
the element consuming the power (e.g. the wheels of the vehicle).
- Analyze simple structural systems from the basic principles of Strength of Materials for
applications in the industrial area.
- Analyze the kinematics of simple mechanisms.
- Experimentally and computationally analyze simple mechanical systems from practical
experiments in the laboratory.
Chapter 1: Free body diagram.
Chapter 2: Structural analysis.
Chapter 3: Internal forces.
Chapter 4: Stress.
Chapter 5: Strain.
Chapter 6: Mechanical properties of materials.
Chapter 7: Axial load.
Chapter 8: Introduction to mechanisms in kinematics.
Chapter 9: Introduction to the computer analysis of mechanisms.
Chapter 10: Vectors.
Chapter 11: Analysis of position and displacement.
Chapter 12: Introduction to mechanism design.
The first hours of each chapter will contextualize the contents in the global objective of the
subject. Next the theoretical base that allows the application studies in form of practical
exercises will be developed. In some chapters the practical cases will be developed in the
laboratory, experimentally showing the theoretical ideas that were explained in class.
Besides, the student, by means of their personal work outside the class, will study both
theoretical and practical exercises aiming to their evaluation. For that, they will use both a
reference book and a recommended complementary bibliography.
At the same time, they will be able to access in the Alud platform to complementary material
uploaded by the lecturer in order to develop the different assignments that will be proposed.
In order to help the student in the learning process, the lecturer will offer desk office hours
during the semester to solve those doubts the student could have during their personal study.
This teaching-learning strategy is based in the following activities to be developed by the
* Study of the theoretical contents of the subject, using the proposed bibliography.
* Numerical resolution of problems of analysis of mechanical systems, in terms of the methods
explained in the class.
* Laboratory experiments and the writing of the corresponding reports.
In-class individual and group activities: 5%
Intermediate exam: 36%
Experiments in the laboratory and reports: 20%
Final exam: 39%
In order to do the final exam, and pass the subject, it is necessary to have performed the
experiments in the laboratory.
Reference text book:
"Applied Mechanics". Customization by Fernando Cortés and Imanol Sarría from "Mechanics
of Materials", R.C. Hibbeler (2011) Pearson, and "Machines and Mechanisms", D.H. Myszka
"Strength of Materials", R.L. Mott (2009) Pearson.
"Kinematic Analysis and Synthesis of Mechanisms", A.G. Erdman y G.N. Sandor (2001)
Complementary items are available in the Alud platform (guide for the experiments, general
information about the use of the laboratory, Power Point presentations...).
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.