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Module Title
Mechanics Of Solids
Reference EN2701 Version 5
Created January 2018 SCQF Level SCQF 8
Approved March 2004 SCQF Points 15
Amended February 2018 ECTS Points 7.5

Aims of Module
To enable the student to extend their understanding of the basic concepts and theories of Mechanics of Solids and apply them in the areas of stress and structural analysis.

Learning Outcomes for Module
On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:
1 Identify and analyse beam bending behaviour and the linear stress-strain and deflection relationships associated with statically determinate and indeterminate loading.
2 Analyse complex stresses and strains in two-dimensions and explain the relationships between elastic constants.
3 Explain and analyse torsional loading in shafts and shear stresses in beam bending.
4 Evaluate strain energy methods to the load analysis of simple structures.
5 Investigate experimentally the deflection of beams and torsion of shafts.

Indicative Module Content
Beam bending theory and the bending equation; properties of plane areas; beam deflection for statically determinate and indeterminate loading; stress-strain realtionships in two-dimensions and Mohr's circle techniques; strain gauge rosettes; relationships between elastic constants; torsion of circular section shafts; shear stresses in beams due to bending; introduction to strain energy methods in structural analysis.

Module Delivery
The module is delivered by means of lectures, tutorials and guided self-study and is integrated with applications in the laboratory.

Indicative Student Workload Full Time Part Time
Contact Hours 50 50
Non-Contact Hours 100 100
Placement/Work-Based Learning Experience [Notional] Hours N/A N/A
TOTAL 150 150
Actual Placement hours for professional, statutory or regulatory body    

If a major/minor model is used and box is ticked, % weightings below are indicative only.
Component 1
Type: Coursework Weighting: 50% Outcomes Assessed: 5
Description: Two items of coursework - a laboratory and an analytical investigation (25% weighting each).
Component 2
Type: Examination Weighting: 50% Outcomes Assessed: 1, 2, 3, 4
Description: A closed book examination (50% weighting).

Explanatory Text
To pass the module students must achieve at least a grade D AND a minimum of 35% in the exam and coursework components.
Module Grade Minimum Requirements to achieve Module Grade:
A =>70%
B 60-69%
C 50-59%
D 40-49%
E 35-39%
F 0-34%
NS Non-submission of work by published deadline or non-attendance for examination

Module Requirements
Prerequisites for Module Statics and Dynamics (EN1700) or equivalent.
Corequisites for module None.
Precluded Modules None.

1 HEARN, E. J., 1997. Mechanics of Materials vol 1. 3rd ed., Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann.
2 BENHAM, P. P., CRAWFORD, R. J. and ARMSTRONG, C. G., 1996. Mechanics of Engineering Materials. 2nd ed. London: Longman.
3 HIBBELER, R. C., 2013. Mechanics of Materials. 9th ed. New Jersey: Prentice-Hall.


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