Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 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.



  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the transformation of stress.

2. Apply analysis techniques to determine stress in thin-walled non-circular sections subject to torsion and to locate the shear centre in thin-walled beams.

3. Demonstrate an understanding of elasticity theory for beams and plates and the respective finite element approximation.

4. Demonstrate a sound understanding of the Finite Element Method as applied to linear static analysis and natural frequencies of vibration.

5. Successfully build finite element models using a commercially-available finite element software package, undertake linear static and natural frequency analyses and interpret the results.


  1. 3D stress fields, transformation of stress and stress invariants.
  2. 2D and 3D Mohr circle.
  3. Torsion of thin-wall non-circular cross-sections.
  4. Shear centres of beams.
  5. Introduction to the finite element method including solving linear static problems with spring and bar-element systems.
  6. Theoretical linear static behaviour of bar, beam and two-dimensional elements and predictions using the finite element method.   
  7. Natural frequency analysis using the finite element method
  8. Introduction to a commercially available finite element package to solve linear static problems and determine natural frequencies of vibration.      

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Assignment 2

Quiz: Quiz 1

Quiz: Quiz 2

Formal Examination: Final Examination

Contact hours


Computer Lab

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

2 x 1 hour lecture


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

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