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AMME5301: Foundations of Mechanics of Solids 1 (2014 - Semester 2)

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Unit: AMME5301: Foundations of Mechanics of Solids 1 (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Chang, Li
Session options: Semester 2
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Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims to teach the fundamentals of analysing stress and deformation in elemental structures/components in aerospace, mechanical and biomedical engineering (bars, beams, frames, cell box beams and tubes) under simple and combined loading of tension, compression, bending and torsion. The vibration will also be addressed. At the end of this unit students will have gained knowledge of: equilibrium of deformable structures; basic concept of deformation compatibility; stress and strain in bars, beams and their structures subjected to tension, compression, bending, torsion and combined loading; statically determinate and indeterminate structures; energy methods for bar and beam structures; simple buckling; simple vibration; deformation of simple frames and cell box beams; simple two-dimensional stress and Morh`s circle; problem-based applications in aerospace, mechanical and biomedical engineering.
Assumed Knowledge: Physics, statics, Differential Calculus, Linear Algebra, Integral Calculus and Modelling.
Timetable: AMME5301 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 3 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: One 2-hour Tutorial per week

Lecture: Three 1-hour Lectures per week

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Apply technical skills appropriate to their disciplines via problem based assignments. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 1)
Apply basic methods for stress and deformation analysis of simple solid structures in the relevant areas. Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1)
Be able to identify, access, organize and communicate knowledge pertinent to elementary solid mechanics in both written and oral English Communication (Level 1)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 1)
1. To gain the ability to analyse problems in terms of strength and deformation in relation to the design, manufacturing and maintenance of simple solid structures.
2. Understanding of when and why to do deformation analysis.
3. Ability to model structures composed of bars and beams.
4. Apply boundary conditions for simple structural problems.
5. Understanding of how and why to use energy methods for structural analysis.
6. Ability to perform fundamental buckling analysis.
7. Ability to perform fundamental vibration analysis.
8. To understand the fundamental principles of elementary solid mechanics and basic methods for stress and deformation analysis of a simple solid structure or element.
9. Understanding of the applicability of simple stress analysis methods.
Communication (Level 1)
10. The ability to work and communicate with others in the tutorial sessions.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Assignment No 5.00 Week 3 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
2 Assignment No 5.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
3 Assignment No 5.00 Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
4 Assignment No 5.00 Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
5 Assignment No 5.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
6 Quiz No 10.00 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
7 Final Exam No 65.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Assessment Description: Assignment: Assignment 1. All assignments consists of four to six questions.

Assignment: Assignment 2

Assignment: Assignment 3

Assignment: Assignment 4

Assignment: Assignment 5

Quiz: One quiz of one hour duration will be conducted only in class around week 6.

Final Exam: There will be a final formal exam of two hours duration at the end of the semester. Students are expected to achieve 40% of the examination mark to pass the course.
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Prescribed Text/s: Note: Students are expected to have a personal copy of all books listed.
  • Mechanics of Materials
Online Course Content:

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar

Week Description
Week 1 Equations of Statics & Free Body Diagrams.
Week 2 Stress and Strain: Stress, strain, Hooke’s law, Poisson’s ratio, thermal strain, statically
indeterminate columns subjected to axial loading, average stress and stress concentration.
Week 3 method of sections, strain energy and work, strain energy under axial loading, deflection under
a single concentrated load, by the work-strain energy method, deflection under multiple loads, Castigliano’s second theorem.
Analysis of Pin Jointed Frames: statically determinate pin jointed frames, joint equilibrium,
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 4 indeterminate cases.
Torsion of Circular Shafts: Shear stress-strain relationship, torsion of circular shafts, statically
Week 5 Bending Moments and Shear Force - Diagrams for Beams: Shear force, bending moment,
determinate cases.
equilibrium in moment and shear force, bending and shear force diagrams for statically
Week 6 parallel axis theorem, principle of superposition, combined loading, composite beams.
Bending: Assumptions, deflection, equilibrium of cross-sectional stresses, neutral axis,
Assessment Due: Assignment
Assessment Due: Quiz
Week 7 Transverse Shear Stresses in Beams: Shear formula, shear stress in beams, combined loading.
Week 8 energy methods for beams, statically indeterminate cases.
Displacement of Beams: Curvature change, equilibrium equation, various solution methods,
Week 9 Buckling of Columns: Buckling of pin-jointed beams, clamped beams.
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 10 Biaxial Stress Systems: thin walled pressure vessels, principal stresses and maximum shear stress, strain in any direction, theories of failure.
Week 11 Energy Methods: Total potential energy principle, total complementary potential energy
principle, examples for statically indeterminate beams.
Assessment Due: Assignment
Week 12 Vibration: Longitudinal vibration of bar and lateral vibration of beam, natural frequencies and
vibration modes
Week 13 Summary and Review.
Assessment Due: Assignment
Exam Period Assessment Due: Final Exam

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2013, 2014
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2013, 2014
Master of Engineering (Mechanical) 2011

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 1) Yes 97.49%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 1) Yes 2.5%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.