Engineering Statics

Subject 421-103 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Summer Term, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Thirty-six hours of lectures and twelve hours of tutorials.
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Subject assumes knowledge of VCE Mathematical Methods units 3 and 4.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Graham Hutchinson
Subject Overview:

Topics covered include force systems; resolution of forces including moments of a force, couples, moments of distributed forces; equilibrium, support systems; shear force, bending moments in beams; forces in pin-connected trusses; equilibrium concepts via virtual work; stress, strain, elasticity in one and two dimensions; stress transformation; stress and deflection caused by bending and torsion; indeterminate systems; the stresses in a fluid at rest; hydrostatic distribution of pressure; Archimedes' principle; projected areas; hydrostatic stability and metacentric height.

Assessment: A 3-hour written examination (70%) and two assignments of not more than 2000 words each (30%).
Prescribed Texts: Engineering Statics, Vol 1 - Statics (J L Meriam and L G Kraige), 4th edition, Wiley, 1992
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • ability to apply knowledge of basic science and engineering fundamentals

  • ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution

  • ability to plan work and use time effectively

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