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Unit information: Applied Solid Mechanics in 2021/22

Unit name Applied Solid Mechanics
Unit code MENG30011
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Velichko
Open unit status Not open

· MENG10004 Engineering Science (or equivalent prior learning)

· MENG20005 Materials Engineering (or equivalent prior learning)



School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description including Unit Aims

This unit focusses on predicting stress and materials failure in mechanical components. Students will learn how to predict the structural performance of part designs which feature complex shapes, loading scenarios and potential failure mechanisms.

We will introduce the mathematical basis of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and demonstrate how to apply it to engineering problems involving stress and strain. These underlying principles of FEA are introduced through narrated lectures, examples and self-study. Meanwhile, using computer-based examples, students will gain the practical skills needed to apply FEA to tackle mechanical engineering problems.

Students will also learn the characteristics of failure mechanisms of engineering materials, including un-cracked materials and materials which contain pre-existing flaws. Lectures, examples and computer-based applications are used to introduce approaches to tackling plastic instability, fracture and fatigue, and how to apply these approaches to mechanical engineering challenges.

Intended Learning Outcomes

1. Understand the mathematical basis for Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and apply FEA to predict the mechanical responses of structures and material continua to loading

2. Evaluate appropriate modelling approximations, numerical methods and validation techniques and apply them to mechanics problems

3. Analyse the failure conditions of imperfect structures subjected to combinations of loads

4. Apply the principles of materials failure analysis and FEA to unfamiliar structures, mechanical components, and practical engineering situations

5. Employ materials failure approaches and FEA results in broader engineering arguments which evaluate mechanical failure and structural integrity.

Teaching Information

The unit is delivered through material including videos, narrated lectures and practical computer-based

activities that are made available to the students with appropriate support. Lecture notes and additional

material including worked examples are also provided.

Assessment Information

Written formative assignments followed by a single piece of written summative coursework (100% of unit mark) assessing all ILOs.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.