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Advanced Solid Mechanics (MCEN90029)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeMCEN90029
Semester 1
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This course will expand on the basic principles established previously in Solid Mechanics.

Methods of three-dimensional stress and strain analysis will be extended to allow the student to obtain solutions using analytical and/or numerical methods. These will include the analyses of principal stresses and strains, three dimensional Mohr’s circles, strain gauge experimentation and failure criteria. In addition, this unit will focus on plastic deformation of solids, including the analysis of residual stresses and the collapse load of structures. The responses of materials to fatigue and fracture, as well as their creep and viscoelastic behaviour, will also be explored. Finally, this unit will provide a number of examples of experimental applications of solid mechanics analysis based on modern research techniques.

The goal of Advanced Solid Mechanics is to consolidate the solid mechanics principles presented in the student’s Engineering degree, and the equip students with skills required to solve a range of engineering problems they have not seen before. In addition, this subject seeks to teach a number of modern research methods, techniques and skills by drawing on biomechanical research in the field of solid mechanics, and the major challenges in the field.


The following topics, delivered through lectures, guest seminars, group problem solving activities, and tutorials, will be assessed:

  • Three dimensional stress-strain analysis (weeks 1-2)
  • Strength theories and yield criteria (weeks 3-4)
  • Plastic behaviour of materials (weeks 5-6)
  • Fracture Mechanics(weeks 7-8)
  • Contact (weeks 9-10)
  • Creep and Viscoelasticity (week 11)
  • Biomechanics (week 12)

Intended learning outcomes


At the completion of this subject the student is expected to be able to:

  1. Understand advanced stress/strain correlations
  2. Obtain simple mathematical and physical relationships between mechanics and materials
  3. Model the plastic behaviour, as well as the fatigue, fracture and creep response, of common engineering materials
  4. Model an engineering structure without detailed instruction
  5. Establish links between theoretical and practical applications; identify problems and formulate solution strategies
  6. Expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in a diverse range of solid mechanics topics
  7. Develop skills in collaborative leaning through small-group problem solving and communication
  8. Understand contemporary issues in solid mechanics research.

Generic skills

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

  • Critical thinking and critical judgement of assumptions adopted
  • Interpretation and analysis of data
  • Ability to undertake problem identification, formulation, and solution
  • Ability to apply knowledge of science and engineering fundamentals.

Last updated: 22 August 2019