Engineering Mechanics

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Engineering Mechanics

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Science, Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    EGB111. EGB111 can be enrolled in the same teaching period as EGB121

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This is a foundation engineering unit that will develop the necessary skills in analysing mechanical and civil engineering systems (cranes, buildings, bridges and mechanical equipment) to maintain equilibrium leading to the determination of direct, bending and shear stresses. This unit forms the foundation for the units in Stress Analysis and Structural Analysis.
    Learning Outcomes
    Unit Learning Outcomes Related to this unit are:
    At the end of the unit you should be able to:
    1. Draw free body diagram (FBD) of structures and Analyse the force system in structures such as trusses, bridges & mechanical equipment (crane)
    2. Calculate stresses in these structures with relation to materials properties.
    3. Draw Bending of Beams (BM) & Shear Force (SF) diagrams in beams and calculate the relevant stresses of different materials.
    4. Analyse and Solve problems in determining the static behaviour of beams, structures and machine elements.
    5. Interpret materials properties data of structure in-service, calculation of forces and stresses and report on an investigation and analysis of a simple design based project.
    • Generalised 2D forces (system reduce to a force and couple)
    • Types of support and the reaction forces.
    • Calculation of axial stress and strain in members of structures & machine components using different materials properties. (including idealisation of supports, FBD and determinacy)
    • Stress-strain of common engineering materials, including Young's modulus, yield and tensile strengths
    • 3D forces and equilibrium
    • Bending and deflection of Beams (BM & SF diagrams), including stress, centroid and moment of area calculations
    • Introduction to torsion in solid and hollow beams (shafts) and torsion formula.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    Teaching Mode: 4 hours per week + 2 laboratory practicals
    Lectures with interactive sessions: 2 hours per week
    Tutorial in flexible learning space: 2 hours per week
    Practical in laboratory space: 2 x 1 hr practical sessions
    Project: Discuss in tutorial and on student's own time

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