Solid Mechanics

Subject MCEN90026 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2012:

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

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Contact hours: 30 hours of lectures, 12 hours of laboratory classes.
Total Time Commitment:

120 hours

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:


MAST20029 Engineering Maths


MAST30029 Partial Differential Equations

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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


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 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: None
Recommended 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
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: B-ENG Mechanical Engineering stream
Master of Engineering (Mechanical)
Master of Engineering (Mechatronics)

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