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AMME9301: Mechanics of Solids 1 (2020 - Semester 2)

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Unit: AMME9301: 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 Altaee, Abdul Malik
An, Xianghai
Session options: Semester 2
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit:
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: None.
Prohibitions: AMME5301.
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. 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.
Lecturer/s: Dr Altaee, Abdul Malik
An, Xianghai
Tutor/s: Fuzhong Qi

Robert Virgona

Hesamodin, Jami

Fakhar Abbas

Arif Mahmud

Sharafisafa, Mansour

Van Bac, Mai
Timetable: AMME9301 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
3 Laboratory 2.00 1
T&L Activities: The AMME9301 follows the classical lecture and tutorial format. That is, lectures will be used to present main concepts and supporting examples; tutorials will enable students to complete assigned tasks (assessments, assignments and lab activities), develop specific skills and discuss any problems with the study topics. This course is structured with a strong emphasis on developing students’ analytical and problem-solving skills. To maximise potential value derived from lectures, students are expected to have read the text book chapters and lecture notes, and attended the lecture prior to attending the corresponding tutorial.

There will be five contact hours in the course each week: three one-hour lectures and one two-hour classroom tutorial. Each student will also have a two-hour lab class, starting from week 8 and running to week 11 at the time and place as indicated on your timetable.

Please be aware that participation in tutorials and lab class is compulsory. If you miss a tutorial or a lab class, you should check with your tutor about what you should do.

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.

Unassigned Outcomes
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.
10. The ability to work and communicate with others in the tutorial sessions.
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Tutorial Assessments Yes 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
2 Assignment 1 No 5.00 Week 2 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
3 Assignment 2 No 5.00 Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
4 Quiz 1 No 7.50 Week 6 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
5 Assignment 3 No 5.00 Week 8 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
6 Assignment 4 No 5.00 Week 11 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
7 Quiz 2 No 7.50 Week 12 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
8 Laboratory Yes 5.00 Multiple Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
9 Assignment 5 No 5.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
10 Final Exam No 50.00 Exam Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9,
Assessment Description: Tutorial Assessments: The tutorial assessment will be handed out by your tutor at the tutorial class every week. It consists of a short question and you must submit the solutions by the end of the tutorial. At the end of the week, the assessment question and full solutions will be available on the course website. The assessments (12 weeks) are worth 5% of your total course mark. Note: You are exempt from attending the tutorial and submitting the solutions to the tutorial assessment if you are scheduled for the lab class in that week.

Note: You are exempt from attending the tutorial and submitting the solutions if you are scheduled for the lab class in that week.

Assignments: There will be 5 major assignments throughout the semester, each contributes to 5% of your total course mark. Most assignment questions are real-life examples designed to increase the accessibility of the principles in mechanics of solids and raise the appeal of the subject. The assignment guidelines and questions can be viewed/downloaded from the course website in the Assignments section.

Quizzes: The course will consist of two closed-book quizzes in Week 6 and Week 12, during the lecture time. Each quiz is worth 7.5%.

At each quiz, you will be asked to implement your knowledge to solve a solid mechanics problem in 40 minutes. The aims are to assess your analytical and calculation skills, and provide you with early stage feedback about your individual progress in this course.

There will be no make-up quizzes. If you miss a quiz for a legitimate reason (i.e., you apply for special consideration and your application is granted), a general approach is to add the 10% score of the quiz you missed to your final exam, the score you get will depend on your performance in the exam.

Laboratory: There will be laboratory classes running at the tutorial hours between Week 8 and Week 11 during the semester. Participation in the lab class and lab report contribute to 5% of your total course mark. For details, please go to the Laboratory section on the course website.

Final Exam: The final exam will take place in the formal examination period at the end of the semester. It will be a closed-book exam of two hours and worth 50% of your total course mark. The structure of the exam will be discussed in detail in Week 13.

In order to pass this course, you must achieve an examination mark of at least 40% (20/50) and a composite mark of at least 50% (50/100).
Assessment Feedback: Assignments: Each graded assignment will be returned to you with a Marking Criteria & Feedback sheet. This allows you to self-check your analytical and problem-solving skills underpinning this course.

Quizzes: Short solutions will be published on the course website after each quiz. You are also encouraged to work through the solutions in class and get feedback from your tutor.

Tutorial Assessments: Some hints to the tutorial assessment will be given by your tutor at each tutorial class. You are encouraged to work out the solutions by yourself and check with the published solutions later.

Laboratory: The laboratory provides you with the opportunity to assess your knowledge learned in the course and apply them to a real situation.

Ungraded online quizzes: The ungraded online quizzes are designed to give immediate in-session feedback on your progress and mastery of the course topics. You are highly encouraged to attempt these quizzes when finishing learning the corresponding modules. The quizzes can be accessed via the course website in the Modules section.

Final Exam: The final exam will provide an individual assessment of the depth of your knowledge and your competence in solving solid mechanics problems.
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 Analysis of Pin Jointed Frames: statically determinate pin jointed frames, joint equilibrium, Equations of Statics, Internal Resultant Loadings & Free Body Diagrams.
Week 2 Stress and Strain: Stress, strain, Hooke’s law, Poisson's ratio.
Assessment Due: Assignment 1
Week 3 Axial Loading, Average Stress, Stress Concentration and Thermal Strain. Indeterminate columns subjected to axial loading (Equilibrium & Compatibility).
Week 4 Strain Energy and Work, Strain Energy under Axial Loading, Castigliano's Second Theorem.
Week 5 Torsion of Circular Shafts: Shear stress-strain relationship, torsion of circular shafts, power transmission and statically indeterminate cases.
Assessment Due: Assignment 2
Week 6 Bending Moments and Shear Froces: Graphic method and Macaulay's notation for constructing moment and shear diagrams.
Assessment Due: Quiz 1
Week 7 Bending: Assumptions, equilibrium of cross-sectional stresses, neutral axis, flexure formula and parallel axis theorem.
Week 8 Composites materials, shear formula, combined loadings.
Assessment Due: Assignment 3
Week 9 Biaxial Stress Systems: principal stresses and maximum shear stress, Mohr's circle.
Week 10 Applications of the plane stress: thin walled pressure vessels, theories of failure.
Week 11 Deflection of beams and shafts: the elastic curve, slope and displacement by integration.
Assessment Due: Assignment 4
Week 12 Statically indeterminated beams and shafts; Bulkling of columns.
Assessment Due: Quiz 2
Week 13 Summary and Review.
Assessment Due: Assignment 5
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) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Mechanical) 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

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

Attribute Practiced Assessed
(6) Communication and Inquiry/ Research (Level 1) No 0%
(2) Engineering/ IT Specialisation (Level 1) No 0%
(1) Maths/ Science Methods and Tools (Level 1) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 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.