Solid Mechanics I

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Solid Mechanics I

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Mechanical Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    MA112: Calculus II and MM103: Engineering Mechanics

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    This course aims to develop the students? ability to analyse the behaviour of solid materials and structures that are subjected to stress and deformation. Entering this course students must have a firm grasp of engineering mathematics, should have developed good engineering drawing skills as well as a solid understanding of materials and there properties. At the end of this course students will be able to understand and apply the principles of solid mechanics and the basic methods of stress, strength, and deformation analysis of a solid structure and/or element in relation to a design. By completing this course students will gain the ability to: analyse 2-D pin jointed fames, analyse circular shafts subjected to torsional loads, determine normal bending and transverse shear stress in beams, analyse beam displacement, and analyse columns under buckling. Students will also be introduced to biaxial stress system in thin walled vessels and shells.
    Course Contents
    - Introduction (Equilibrium of forces in 3-D space) ? Rectangular components of concurrent forces in space, condition of equilibrium of a particle and rigid body in in space, reactions at supports and connections in 2D and 3D.
    - Stress and strain ? Stresses, strain and deformation due to axial and multiaxial loading conditions, Concepts of Poisson?s ratio a generalised Hooke?s law, shearing strain, Saint Venant?s principle, and stress concentration.
    - Analysis of Pin Jointed Frames - Forces and reactions in members of 2-D pin jointed frames, displacement and deformation on each member due to varies loading conditions.
    - Torsion ? Stresses and deformations in shaft due to torsional loads, angle of twist, non-circular members, thin walled hollow shafts.
    - Bending Moments and shear Force Diagrams for beams ? write Macaulay?s notation for shear force and bending moment, draw shear force and bending moment using Macaulay?s notation.
    - Pure bending - stresses and deformations in pure bending, stress concentrations, eccentric axial loading, bending of curved members.
    - Transverse loading - stress due to shear force, shear stress distribution, stresses under combined loading.
    - Deflection of beams - integration method, moment area method; Energy methods: strain energy, impact Deflection, Castigliano?s theorem, and indeterminacy.
    - Columns - stability, Euler?s formula and its extensions, secant formula and eccentric loading, design of columns.
    - Biaxial Stress Systems - plane stress, principal stresses, maximum shearing stress, Mohr?s circle, general state of stress, yield criteria for ductile materials, thin walled pressure vessels, transformation of plain strain, Mohr?s circle for plain strain.

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