MA30253: Continuum mechanics
[Page last updated: 23 October 2023]
Academic Year:  2023/24 
Owning Department/School:  Department of Mathematical Sciences 
Credits:  6 [equivalent to 12 CATS credits] 
Notional Study Hours:  120 
Level:  Honours (FHEQ level 6) 
Period: 
 Semester 1

Assessment Summary:  EX 100% 
Assessment Detail:  
Supplementary Assessment: 
 Likeforlike reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)

Requisites: 
Before taking this module you must take MA20223

Learning Outcomes: 
Students should be able to explain the basic concepts of continuum mechanics such as stress, deformation and constitutive relations, be able to formulate balance laws.

Aims:  To describe the general theory of continuum mechanics, introduce inviscid fluid mechanics and waves.

Skills:  Numeracy T/F, A
Problem Solving T/F, A
Written Communication F (on problem sheets).

Content:  Cartesian Tensors: Orthogonal transformations, rotation of axes, transformations of components, symmetry and skew symmetry. Isotropic tensors.
Kinematics: Transformation of line elements, deformation gradient, Green strain. Linear strain measure. Displacement, velocity, velocity gradient, strainrate and spin tensor.
Stress: Cauchy stress; relation between traction vector and stress tensor.
Global Balance Laws: Equations of motion, simple constitutive laws.
Inviscid Fluids: Particle paths and streamlines, Reynold's transport theorem, Euler's equations of motion, Bernoulli's equation. Vorticity, circulation and Kelvin's Theorem.
Irrotational incompressible flow; velocity potential, stream function in twodimensional flow.
Further topics to be chosen from the following.
Complex potential: line sources and vortices. Method of images, Circle theorem, Blasius's Theorem. Conformal mappings, flow past a wing.
Water waves, including effects of finite depth and surface tension. Dispersion, simple introduction to group velocity.

Course availability: 
MA30253 is Compulsory on the following courses:
Department of Physics
 USXXAFM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Year 4)
 USXXAAM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study year abroad (Year 5)
 USXXAKM01 : MSci(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 5)
MA30253 is Optional on the following courses:
Department of Mathematical Sciences
 USMAAFB15 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences (Year 3)
 USMAAAB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB16 : BSc(Hons) Mathematical Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB13 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB14 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB01 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics (Year 3)
 USMAAAB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB02 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFB20 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics, Statistics, and Data Science (Year 3)
 USMAAAB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKB06 : BSc(Hons) Statistics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 3)
 USMAAFM14 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics (Year 4)
 USMAAAM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USMAAKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
 USMAAKM15 : MMath(Hons) Mathematics with Year long work placement (Year 5)
Department of Physics
 USXXAFB03 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics (Year 3)
 USXXAAB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
 USXXAKB04 : BSc(Hons) Mathematics and Physics with Year long work placement (Year 4)

Notes:  This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2023/24 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2024/25 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2023/24.
 Courses and units are subject to change in accordance with normal University procedures.
 Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any prerequisite rules.
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