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Unit description

Expands the first year Applied Mechanics unit to investigate the mechanics of solid materials. The mechanical properties of materials are addressed in addition to internal stresses and strains resulting from axial, bending, shear, torsion and combined loadings. Transformation of stress and strain theory is presented as well as failure theories. Deflection of flexural members and the buckling of compression members are also addressed.

Unit content

General Concepts of Stress and Strain in Solid Materials
Calculation of Stresses and Strains Resulting from Axial, Bending, Shear, Torsion and Combined Loadings
Stress-Strain Transformations and Failure Theories
Deflection of Flexural Members
Buckling of Compression Members

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Hibbler, RC, 2014, Mechanics of Materials (SI edition), 9th edn, Pearson, Singapore.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Practical session 1 hour (3 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (9 weeks)
Tutorial exercise15%
Exam: closed book50%

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