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.
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
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This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):