Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


This course provides an introduction to the mechanics of solids and elasticity theory with a focus on stress analysis. The material is covered with a practical focus from the point of view of machine component design. This course forms a foundation for several later courses that focus more heavily on design and solid mechanics.

Availability2022 Course Timetables

PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2022 (Singapore)


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): MECH2420. Students who have successfully completed MECH2420 are not eligible to enrol in MECH2430.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Calculate the stress distribution due to various loads in simple mechanical components

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles behind the transformation of stress and theories of failure

3. Apply basic stress analysis techniques to machine component design

4. Evaluate the limits of their knowledge and the plausibility of solutions

5. Prepare documentation in the form of an engineering report.


  • 3-dimensional concepts of stress & strain
  • Introduction to elasticity theory
  • Calculation of stress under axial, torsion, bending, transverse and combined loads
  • Thin-walled pressure vessels
  • Transformation of Stress & Strain
  • Failure Theories
  • Beam Deflections




This course replaces MECH2420. Students who have successfully completed MECH2420 cannot enrol in MECH2430.

Assumed knowledge

CIVL1100 Fundamentals of Engineering Mechanics

Assessment items

Quiz: Quiz 1

Quiz: Quiz 2

Quiz: Quiz 3

Report: Engineering Report

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

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