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ME30030: Structural mechanics

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 15%, EX 85%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
ME30030 - Re-Assessment Examination (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To broaden the understanding of Solid Mechanics by considering elastic and plastic deformation for a variety of component shapes and loadings.
To introduce the critical usage of a commercial finite element package.

Learning Outcomes:
After successful completion of this unit the student will be able to:
* Calculate stresses and deformations in thick cylinders due to a variety of loading conditions including interference fits.
* Manipulate stress and strain components in three dimensions under elastic and plastic deformation. Understand the nature of plastic yielding in relation to pressure vessels and beams in bending.Determine stresses and deflections in laterally loaded circular plates under a variety of loading and support arrangements.
* Use a commercial finite element package to predict stresses and strains and appreciate the importance of validation to the credibility of the solution obtained.

Skills:
Problem solving: numeracy; working independently.

Content:
Relations between stress and strain components in three dimensions, yield criteria, plastic bending in beams, Stresses and deformation of pressurised thick cylinders. Linear bending theory for circular platesIntroduction to and critical usage of a commercial finite element package.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2020

ME30030 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFB16 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKB16 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEME-AFB47 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKB47 : BEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEME-AFM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKM16 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UEME-AFM47 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering (Year 3)
  • UEME-AKM47 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical with Automotive Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 4)

ME30030 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • UEME-AFM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM04 : MEng(Hons) Aerospace Engineering with Year long work placement (Year 5)
  • UEME-AFM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management (Year 4)
  • UEME-AKM38 : MEng(Hons) Mechanical Engineering with Manufacturing and Management with Year long work placement (Year 5)

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