The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


This course provides an advanced grounding in the mechanics of solids and elasticity theory. This material is covered alongside a thorough introduction to the finite element method, including the mathematical framework and the use of a commercial software package. Comparisons between analytical and computational approaches are drawn.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of elasticity theory.

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

3. Demonstrate a thorough 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.

Assessment items

Quiz: Mid-semester quiz

Written Assignment: Assignment

Report: Engineering Report

Contact hours


Computer Lab

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


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


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