Stress Analysis

Unit code: NEM3203 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
NEC2102 - Solid Mechanics
NEM2101 - Mechanical Engineering Design
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


Building on knowledge of structures and equilibrium of forces gained in previous units, this unit will allow students to analyse the effects of axial, bending, shear, torsional and thermal loading on mechanical structures and elements using mathematical techniques and computer simulations. In particular, any object subjected to a load, whether it is a force or a thermal load, will experience a stress and a strain. Understanding how a load causes stress and strain is essential for solving engineering problems. Being able to determine the maximum stress and strain and their locations, is imperative for evaluating and optimising designs.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Collaborate on and investigate real-world engineering problems of stress and strain;
  2. Formulate and evaluate solutions to engineering problems of 3-dimensional stress and strain, especially fundamental problems of elasticity in mechanical engineering;
  3. Analyse and interpret problems relating to stress and strain, their results and significance; and
  4. Present clear and coherent exposition of mechanical engineering knowledge.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Portfolio
Grade: 25%
Evidence of Competency
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 15%
FEA Skills Audit - Stress analysis test
Assessment type: Test
Grade: 50%
Test (hurdle)
Assessment type: Case Study
Grade: 10%

Required reading

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