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Mechanics & Materials (MCEN30017)

Undergraduate level 3Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2017
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 3
Subject codeMCEN30017
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

AIMS

This subject consists of three distinct and fundamentally related topics -

  • An introduction to the fundamentals of materials science will be given on atomic structure and bonding, crystal structures and defects, elastic and plastic deformation, dislocations and strengthening and failured (fast fracture, fatigue and creep)
  • The mechanics of materials section will extend the concepts of material mechanical behaviour by detailing elastic/inelastic behaviour and introducing the concepts of stress and strain analysis. Topics covered may include the definition of principal stresses, plane stress, plane strain, two-dimensional stress and strain analysis, torsion, pure bending, transverse loading, Mohr’s circle, failure criteria, inelastic behaviour, residual stress
  • This subject will also provide an introduction to finite element analysis (FEA) and its application for stress-strain analysis. Particular emphasis will be placed on the fundamental mechanisms by which materials fail under loading.

INDICATIVE CONTENT

  • Mechanics: the definition of principal stresses, plane stress, plane strain, two-dimensional stress and strain analysis, torsion, pure bending, transverse loading, Mohr’s circle, failure criteria, inelastic behaviour, residual stress.
  • Materials: atomic structure and bonding, crystal structures and defects, elastic and plastic deformation, dislocations and strengthening and failure (fast fracture, fatigue and creep).
  • Finite element analysis (FEA): FEA procedure, application of FEA to discrete systems and continuous bodies.

Intended learning outcomes

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs)

Having completed this subject the student is expected to be able to:

  1. Perform basic stress and strain analysis.
  2. Analyse mechanical behaviour of materials.
  3. Obtain simple mathematical and physical relationships between mechanics and materials.
  4. Describe various testing techniques for characterisation of mechanical behaviour of materials.
  5. Use the finite element method for performing a computer-based stress and strain analysis.

Generic skills

On completion of this subject, students should have developed the following generic 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
  • Ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large

Last updated: 31 August 2017