Solid Mechanics

    Unit code: NEC2102 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park
    NEF1102 - Engineering Physics 1
    NEF1205 - Engineering Fundamentals
    NEM1001 - Algebra and Calculus
    (Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


    Solid Mechanics is a fundamental subject in engineering and its principles and concepts provide a foundation for further learning in both broad and specialised engineering contexts. Engineers are required to design or analyse a variety of elements, components or structures that are often exposed to different loading conditions. An abstract and practical understanding of the mechanics of materials is therefore required. The abstract concepts of equilibrium and the compatibility of external and internal deformation in particular must be understood by every engineer.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Calculate internal actions in a member including forces and, moments, and derive associated diagrams;
    2. Evaluate centroids, centre of gravity, and moment of inertia of engineering cross-sections;
    3. Determine the various types of stresses present in a structure, incorporating the mechanical properties of engineering materials;
    4. Deduce principle stresses and strains using Mohr's circle and transformation formulas;
    5. Analyse the deflection of engineering beams and shafts, and failure modes of compression members;
    6. Formulate and solve problems by undertaking basic engineering analysis and write technical reports.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 25%
    Individual Homework Problems
    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 25%
    Group Project Report
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 50%
    Tests (2) (Individual) (25% each)

    Required reading

    Refer to VU Collaborate for recommended reading and additional resources.

    Statics and Mechanics of Materials
    Hibbeler, R.C. (2018)| in SI units Pearson/Prentice Hall, Singapore. ISBN-13 ?:? 978-1292177915

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