Solid Mechanics

Subject MCEN40024 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials and 6 hours of laboratory classes
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours

Prerequisite for this subject is -

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A
Core Participation Requirements: For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit



Dr Jason Monty

Subject Overview:

This course will build on the fundamental theories defined previously in Mechanics & Materials. Two principal theories in the determination of stress within a structure are Energy Methods and three-dimensional analysis. Topics covered in this course will include engineering plasticity, design of pressure vessels and pipes, thick-walled cylinders, shrink fitting, duplex pressure vessels, inelastic deformation, residual stresses, membrane theory of shells of revolution, yielding, rotating shells, local bending stresses, stress analysis of rotating discs with and without holes, shrink fitting, initial and ultimate yielding, fracture mechanics and fatigue, and introduction to the finite element method


Objectives: At the conclusion of this subject students should be able to:
• Determine analytically, the maximum stress in a loaded beam
• Design structures with columnar and beam elements
• Predict failure of structures due to yielding of components
• Utilise FEA software to solve stress analysis problems.

Assessment -

  • a 1 hour mid semester test (10% of total mark)
  • a 2 hour end of semester examination (50%of total mark)
  • a workshop in class assessment task worth 10% of overall mark.
  • two modelling projects of equal weight (30% total) and approximately 1000 words each to be completed between weeks 7 - 11.

Prescribed Texts:
  • Gere & Timoshenko, “Mechanics of Materials.”
  • David Hutton, “Fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis”
  • Fish & Belytschko,"A First Course in Finite Elements'.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject students should have the following skills -

• Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
• Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
• Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
• Proficiency in engineering design
• Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics) and Bachelor of Computer Science
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Mechanical Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)

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