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Introduction to solid and structural mechanics: analysis of statically determinate structures; stress and strain; behaviour of beams and columns; analysis of deformations; torsion.
This course introduces emerging civil and natural resources engineers to the concepts of solid mechanics. The aim is to provide the fundamentals for the analysis of problems involving statically determinate bodies and loadings. The course develops the concepts and analysis of engineering stress and strain, pressure vessels, torsion, simple constitutive and failure theories, and bending.
At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:- Calculate and plot internal forces and moments: axial forces, shear forces, bending moments, and torques;- Define and compute engineering stresses and strains in solid bodies for different loadings and combinations of loadings- Qualitatively describe the deformation of solid bodies under various loadings- Use Mohr's circle to determine stress and strain transformations, principal components and maximum shear components- Explain and apply simple constitutive and failure theories - Apply the integration and moment area methods to calculate deflections of statically determinant beams - Explain the assumptions and limitations inherent in analytical techniques for solid body mechanics- Analyse and interpret experimental data and use experimental data to explore and communicate how the assumptions and techniques of solid mechanics apply in the context of non-idealised conditions
Subject to approval of the Dean of Engineering and Forestry
Students must attend one activity from each section.
The assessment for this course will comprise three main components – a test, a final exam, and assignments.Quizzes are held on LEARN each week, and will cover material up to that point in the course with a focus on the specific material in lectures for that week. Quizzes cannot be made up if missed for any reason and special consideration is not applicable as they are worth < 10% individually.The final quiz grade will comprise the top 8/10 quiz marks to allow students to miss up to two quizzes without any effect on their course grade. Quizzes will come available each Monday and will be due as posted on LEARN. Quizzes are designed to assess mastery of key concepts and should not take more than 1 hour to complete.Homework problems are posted for each week on LEARN. These problems are not assessed, they are for your own practice and self-study. Numerical answers will be made available, and worked solutions will be posted at the end of the weekly quiz period.Mid Term TestStudents will be offered an equivalent alternative test in order to demonstrate their true unimpaired level of mastery of the learning objectives. The alternative test will be held in Week 7. The mark on this alternative test will replace the original test mark in the course grade calculation unless a student declines or does not respond to the offer of the alternative exam, in which case the original mark will be used. Students will not be advised of their original mark as part of this process.Lab Assignment:An extension will be granted for evidence-supported requests. Extensions will typically be for up to one week, but the duration will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Students seeking an extension must contact the course coordinator as soon as possible with evidence of their situation. Requests that come after the due date will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.Final Exam:Students will be offered an equivalent alternative exam in order to demonstrate their true unimpaired level of mastery of the learning objectives. The alternative exam will be held in the week following the exam period. The mark on the alternative exam will replace the original exam mark in the course grade calculation unless a student declines or does not respond to the offer of the alternative exam, in which case the original mark will be used. Students will not be advised of their original mark as part of this process.
Beer, Johnston, Dewolf and Mazurek;
Mechanics of Materials
McGraw Hill, 2014.
Lab assignments must be submitted to the applicable assignment drop box on LEARN by 5.00 pm, three weeks after the allocated laboratory section. Late submissions will incur a 20% penalty per day late. Further instructions for the lab assignment are available on LEARN and on the provided lab assignment sheet.
Domestic fee $1,030.00
International fee $5,750.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
Civil and Natural Resources Engineering