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Solid Mechanics (MCEN90026)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMCEN90026
Semester 2
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This course will build on the fundamental theories defined previously in Mechanics & Materials. Two principal theories in the determination of stress within a structure are energy methods and three-dimensional analysis.


Topics covered in this course will include engineering plasticity, design of pressure vessels and pipes, thick-walled cylinders, shrink fitting, duplex pressure vessels, inelastic deformation, residual stresses, membrane theory of shells of revolution, yielding, rotating shells, local bending stresses, stress analysis of rotating discs with and without holes, shrink fitting, initial and ultimate yielding, fracture mechanics and fatigue, and introduction to the finite element method.

Intended learning outcomes


Having completed this unit the student is expected to have the skills to be able to -

  1. Determine analytically, the maximum stress in a loaded beam
  2. Design structures with columnar and beam elements
  3. Predict failure of structures due to yielding of components
  4. Utilise FEA software to solve stress analysis problems.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject students should have the following skills:

  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operational performance
  • Proficiency in engineering design
  • Capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.

Last updated: 22 August 2019