The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


4000 level

Course handbook


This course follows on from Mechanics of Solids 1 to provide a more advanced treatment of solids mechanics and elasticity theory. This material is covered alongside a practical introduction to the Finite Element Method and instruction in a commercial software package. Comparisons between analytical and computational approaches will be drawn.


PSB Singapore

  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of elasticity theory.

2. Apply analysis techniques to solve engineering problems involving stress analysis.

3. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the Finite Element Method as applied to linear elastic systems.

4. Apply Finite Element Modelling to the analysis of stress and deformation in complex mechanical systems involving linear elasticity.

5. Recognise the value of validation procedures in Finite Element Modelling.


  1. Elasticity theory
  2. Equilibrium equations
  3. Compatibility equations
  4. Stress functions
  5. Torsion in thin walled sections and shells
  6. An introduction to dynamics and vibration of elastic solids
  7. Introduction to the finite element method including element types, shape functions, coordinate systems, stiffness matrix construction, constraints, and symmetry
  8. Dynamic analysis using the finite element method

Assumed knowledge

MECH2450 Engineering Computations 2

MECH2430 Mechanics of Solids 1

MATH2310 Calculus of Science and Engineering

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Quiz: Mid-semester quiz

Report: Engineering Report

Contact hours

Callaghan and PSB Singapore

Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


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

2 hours and 1 hour


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