The University of Newcastle, Australia
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10 units


3000 level

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.



    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