Mechanics of Materials I

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mechanics of Materials I

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    1501ENG is a pre-requisite for this course. Students should be able to: (1) Apply conventional approaches to problems involving static equilibrium in two- and three-dimensions; (2) Distinguish different types of supports and determine support reactions; (3) Determine structural stability and determinacy; (4) Draw free body diagram; (5) Determine the centroid of an area, the centre of mass of a body and the second moments of area of plane shapes; (6) Describe the effects on the mechanical properties of materials; and (7) Construct bending moment and shear force diagram. 

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description:
    Stress analysis (also known as solid mechanics) provides techniques by which engineers can predict stress and strain distributions resulting from known loading conditions, so that the stability and strength of structural members and machine components under load can be assessed. Stress analysis is an essential tool in the analysis and design of structures and machines under load.

    Course Introduction
    2101ENG Mechanics of Materials I: The central purpose of this course is to help students to develop their understanding of, and ability to apply, both theoretical and experimental stress analysis techniques to real world engineering design tasks. Specific outcomes are to continue develop students’ analytical and experimental study ability, teamwork and written presentation skills, in line with overall program outcomes.

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

    1  Determine the centroid of an area, the centre of mass of a body, and the second moments of area of composite and compound areas;
    2  Determine the deflection of beams using double integration method;
    3  Understand and describe the concept of stress at a point under general loading conditions and analyse the stress and strain under axial loading;
    4  Analyse the stresses and strains in prismatic members in pure bending, shear and eccentric axial loading;
    5  Analyse the stresses and strains in members of circular cross section subjected to torsion.

Course Disclaimer

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.