Mechanics of Solids

UTS

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Mechanics of Solids

  • Host University

    UTS

  • Location

    Sydney, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering, Engineering Science, Environmental Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    48321 Engineering Mechanics OR 48620 Fundamentals of Mechanical Engineering

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    Description
    The objectives of this subject are to enable students to: acquire fundamental understanding of the behaviour of structural components commonly used in engineered structures and machines; develop skills to help them model and analyse the behaviour of structural and machine components subjected to various loading and support conditions based on principles of equilibrium and material constitutional relationships. Content includes: pure bending of beams ? flexural stress and strain, calculation of beam loads; shear flow and shear stresses in beams ? distribution of shear stresses in beam sections, forces and stresses in shear connectors; composite beams ? composite short columns; slope and deflection of simple beams; column buckling ? Euler's equation, end conditions and effective length, combined axial and bending stresses for short columns; torsion of circular shafts, thin-walled closed sections and solid rectangular sections; transformation of plane stresses ? Mohr's circle of plane stresses, principal stresses and planes; inelastic bending ? stress resultants, yield moment and ultimate moment capacity of elastoplastic sections, elastic and plastic section modulus, plastic hinges; product of inertia, principal axes and principal moments of inertia; unsymmetric bending; combined stresses due to axial force, shear force, bending moments and twisting moment; shear centre; transformation of plane strains ? measurement of strains, strain rosette, relationship between elastic modulus, shear modulus and Poisson's ratio.
    Subject objectives
    Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
    1. Model and analyse the behaviour of structural and machine components subjected to various loading and support conditions based on principles of equilibrium and material constitutional relationships.
    2. Understand and apply the concept of stress and strain to analyse and design structural members and machine parts under axial load, shear load, bending moment and torsional moment.
    3. Solve practical problems through evaluating the relationship between stress and strain.
    4. Analysis of composite beams and shafts
    5. Determine the deflections and deformations of loaded flexural members.
    6. Analyse a structural member and machine part when loaded beyond elastic limit (inelastic and plastic cases).
    This subject also contributes specifically to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    Identify and apply relevant problem solving methodologies [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3] (B.1)
    Design components, systems and/or processes to meet required specifications [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.3, 1.6, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3] (B.2)
    Synthesise alternative/innovative solutions, concepts and procedures [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.1, 3.3] (B.3)
    Apply decision making methodologies to evaluate solutions for efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability [EA Stage 1 Competency: 1.2, 2.1] (B.4)
    Apply abstraction, mathematics and/or discipline fundamentals to analysis, design and operation [EA Stage 1 Competency:1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2] (C.1)
    Develop models using appropriate tools such as computer software, laboratory equipment and other devices [EA Stage 1 Competency: 2.2,2.3, 2.4] (C.2)
    Teaching and learning strategies
    Student learning in this subject is facilitated through two sessions each teaching week. These sessions consist of a 2.5 hour lecture and a 2 hour tutorial consisting mainly of discussions and problem solving. In the tutorial sessions, students are encouraged to form groups and discuss among themselves the solution of problem sets, thus training them to adapt to the real-life situation where problem solving is often a group effort. Towards the end of the tutorial sessions, the tutor displays the solutions and discusses them.
    As a student in this subject you are expected to attend and participate in all lectures & tutorials.
    Lectures are supported by a printed handbook of supplementary material and reading from the text. You will gain most from the lectures if you read each week?s material in advance.
    UTS-Online will be used in this subject for announcement, lecture material as well as online assignments/quizzes.
    NOTE: As an indication, a typical 6cp subject would normally assume a total time commitment (including class time) of approximately 150 hours, for an average student aiming to pass the subject).
    Content
    Axial (normal) stress and strain, shear stress and strain
    Mechanical properties of engineering materials
    Composite axially loaded members; compatibility
    Members under combined bending and axial load
    Slope and deflection of the beams
    Analysis of slender columns, stability
    Torsional behaviour of circular members
    Failure theory
    Inelastic bending analysis, elasto-plastic material behaviour
    Shear centre of sections
    Assessment
    Assessment task 1: Problem Solving Assignments/Online Quizzes
    Intent:
    To provide additional practice to students on problem solving.
    To bring students up to date with material already covered in lectures so that students can understand subsequent lectures better
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    B.1, B.2, B.3, B.4, C.1 and C.2
    Type: Exercises
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 15%
    Criteria:
    Each question is marked out of 10 marks.
    At the end, the weightage is 2 marks for each regular assignment, and 1 mark for each supplementary assignment totalling 15%.
    Marks are based on logical workings and final results (quantitative).
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Correctness of application of methodology 30 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 C.1, C.2
    Validity of Solutions 20 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 B.1, B.3
    Correctness of calculation and analysis 30 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 B.1, B.2, B.4
    Accuracy of test results 20 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 B.1, B.4
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 2: Mid semester Examination
    Intent:
    To allow students to demonstrate their understanding of the topics covered so far and to identify areas for improvement.
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    B.1, B.2, B.3, B.4, C.1 and C.2
    Type: Mid-semester examination
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 25%
    Length:
    2 hours duration
    Criteria:
    Marks are based on logical workings and final results (quantitative).
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Correctness of application of methodology 30 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 C.1, C.2
    Validity of Solutions 20 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 B.1, B.3
    Correctness of calculation and analysis 30 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 B.1, B.2, B.4
    Accuracy of test results 20 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 B.1, B.4
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Assessment task 3: Final Examination
    Intent:
    Validation of learning on the fundamental concepts in Mechanics of Solids and their application to solve problems
    Objective(s):
    This assessment task addresses subject learning objectives:
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
    This assessment task contributes to the development of the following course intended learning outcomes:
    B.1, B.2, B.3, B.4, C.1 and C.2
    Type: Examination
    Groupwork: Individual
    Weight: 60%
    Length:
    3 hour duration
    Criteria:
    Marks are based on logical workings and final results (quantitative).
    Criteria linkages:
    Criteria Weight (%) SLOs CILOs
    Correctness of application of methodology 30 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 C.1, C.2
    Validity of Solutions 20 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 B.1, B.3
    Correctness of calculation and analysis 30 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 B.1, B.2, B.4
    Accuracy of test results 20 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 B.1, B.4
    SLOs: subject learning objectives
    CILOs: course intended learning outcomes
    Minimum requirements
    In order to pass the subject, you must:
    obtain 50% or more of the marks in the mid semester examination; and
    obtain 50% or more of the marks in the final examination; and
    obtain an overall total of 50% or more for the subject.
    Tutorials are an important part of the learning experience in this subject. Students are expected to attend and participate in learning activities in all tutorials.

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