Structures & Materials

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Structures & Materials

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ENGG1010 or ENGG1400 + (ENGG1200 or MATE1000)

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
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  • Overview

    Course Description
    Transformation of stress & strain. Mohr's circle, linear elasticity, mechanics of simple structures. Phase diagrams, TTT & heat treatment of steels, composites, concrete, wood. Corrosion & degradation of materials.


    Course Introduction
    The mechanical integrity of an engineering structure or component depends on the stresses and strains induced in it by the loads to which it is subjected. The integrity also depends on the properties of the material(s) from which it is made and the environment to which those materials are exposed. This course builds on the mechanics and materials knowledge that students have obtained through their first-year courses. It systematically develops the methods for determining stresses and strains in the structure or component for different loading situations. At the same time, consideration is given as to whether the materials from which it is made will be suitable for the structure to meet its design objectives. If it does not meet the objectives, methods are presented so students can investigate whether the materials can be modified so that it does. The ideas are brought together near the end of the course in an integrated assignment that combines stress analysis and materials selection tasks with risk assessment, which is also an important component of the design process.


    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  analyse 1D structural members to determine the deformations of beams, rods and shafts with arbitrary cross-section under general loadings which are supported statically determinate or indeterminate
    2  analyse generalised two-dimensional stress and strain states in a solid to determine stresses and strains
    3  generate and analyse experimental data for bending of beams
    4  understand basic mechanical properties such as yield, modulus, fracture toughness, creep and how they are related to failure modes and design
    5  describe processes of nucleation and growth and understand how this affects cast micro-structures.
    6  predict the micro-structure of simple metal systems from their Equilibrium Phase Diagram
    7  predict the microstructure and basic mechanical properties of heat treated plain carbon steels from their phase diagram and their TTT diagrams; describe the mechanisms that lead to changes in mechanical properties in steels during heat treatment and the effect of alloying additions
    8  describe the structure and mechanical properties of important engineering materials other than steel, aluminium and copper based alloys, polymers, composites, cement and concrete, timber
    9  describe the major forms of corrosion of metals and identify methods for limiting their impact
    10  understand the basic principles of risk management and develop a basic risk assessment
    11  develop a solution to a design problem that combines stress analysis, materials selection and risk analysis

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