The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


The course deals with relationships between the external loads applied to a deformable body and the intensity of internal forces acting within the body. Topics include shafts, beams, pressure vessels, plates and shells, residual stress due to plastic deformation, strain energy, impact, Castigliano's theorem, open and closed thin walled sections, hydrostatic stress/strain, 3D Mohr circle, properties of anisotropic materials, stress function, equilibrium equations, compatibility equations, stress distribution, stress intensity factor, superposition principle, leak before burst criterion, fracture toughness test methods, energy balance principle, limitations of S-N curve and K criterion in fatigue.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. identify and discuss the fundamentals of mechanics of solids;

2. describe the topics listed above;

3. solve problems associated with mechanics of solids;

4. apply concepts for fail-safe design;


  1. Energy Method
  2. Stress and Strain
  3. Elastic stress-Strain Relations
  4. Statically indeterminate system
  5. Plates and Shells
  6. Linear Elastic Stress Field in Cracked Bodies
  7. Elastic-Plastic Stress in Cracked Bodies
  8. Crack growth Based on Energy Balance
  9. S-N curve approach
  10. Fatigue and Fracture

Assumed knowledge

Engineering mechanics: stress, strain, axial loading, bending movement,torsion bending, deflection of beams

Assessment items

Quiz: Quizzes

Report: Lab Report

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore


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


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term