Engineering Institute of Technology

 

Unit Name

STRUCTURAL MECHANICS

Unit Code

BCS106S

 

Unit Duration

Term

Award

Bachelor of Science (Engineering)

 

Duration 3 years

Year Level

One

Unit Creator/Reviewer

 

Core/Elective

 

Pre/Co-requisites

BSC101C, BSC103C

Credit Points

3

 

Total Program Credit Points 81 (27 x 3)

Mode of Delivery

Online or On-campus

Unit Workload

(Total student workload including “contact hours” = 10 hours per week)

Pre-recordings / Lecture – 1.5 hours Tutorial – 1.5 hours

Guided labs / Group work / Assessments – 2 hours

Personal Study recommended - 5 hours

The objective in presenting this unit is to provide students with detailed knowledge of the fundamental principles and applications of structural mechanics and static engineering.

 

The subject matter covered in this unit will include: the equilibrium of rigid bodies subjected to dry friction; rolling resistance; analysis of pin-jointed trusses using the method of joints and the method of sections; shear force and bending moment diagrams for beams; kinematics of particles; analysis of the motion of particles and rigid bodies using Newton’s laws; and, work, energy, impulse, and momentum as applied to particles, systems of particles, and rigid bodies.

 

The unit provides experience in design for axial loads and direct shear and determining shear stress in simple beams. We also cover determining torsional stresses and strains in circular shafts and determining beam bending stresses and strains.

At the conclusion of this unit, students will have the requisite knowledge to analyse and solve rigid body and kinematics problems in a multitude of settings and have the ability to transfer this knowledge to real world applications.

 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this Unit, students are expected to be able to:

 

  1. Analyse the equilibrium of rigid bodies.

     

  2. Analyse the forces in pin-jointed trusses using the method of joints and the method of sections.

     

  3. Construct and evaluate shear force and bending moment diagrams for beams with a variety of loads and types of support.

     

  4. Determine and design for axial loads and direct shear and shear stress in simple beams.

     

  5. Determine and analyse torsional stresses and strains in circular shafts.

     

  6. Determine and analyse beam bending stresses and strains.

Completing this unit may add to students professional development/competencies by:

  1. Fostering personal and professional skills and attributes in order to:

    1. Conduct work in a professionally diligent, accountable and ethical manner.

    2. Effectively use oral and written communication in personal and professional domains.

    3. Foster applicable creative thinking, critical thinking and problem solving skills.

    4. Develop initiative and engagement in lifelong learning and professional development.

    5. Enhance collaboration outcomes and performance in dynamic team roles.

    6. Effectively plan, organise, self-manage and manage others.

    7. Professionally utilise and manage information.

    8. Enhance technologist literacy and apply contextualised technologist skills.

  2. Enhance investigatory and research capabilities in order to:

    1. Develop an understanding of systematic, fundamental scientific, mathematic principles, numerical analysis techniques and statistics applicable to technologists.

    2. Access, evaluate and analyse information on technologist processes, procedures, investigations and the discernment of technologist knowledge development.

    3. Foster an in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge, computer science, engineering design practice and contextual factors applicable to technologists.

    4. Solve basic and open-ended engineering technologist problems.

    5. Understand the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds associated with sustainable engineering practice.

  3. Develop engineering application abilities in order to:

    1. Apply established engineering methods to broadly-defined technologist problem solving.

    2. Apply engineering technologist techniques, tool and resources.

    3. Apply systematic technologist synthesis and design processes.

    4. Systematically conduct and manage technologist projects, work assignments, testing and experimentation.

The Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists, approved as of 2013. This table is referenced in the mapping of graduate attributes to learning outcomes and via the learning outcomes to student assessment.

 

Stage 1 Competencies and Elements of Competency

1.

Knowledge and Skill Base

1.1

Systematic, theory based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the technology domain.

1.2

Conceptual understanding of the, mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the technology domain.

1.3

In-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the technology domain.

1.4

Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain.

1.5

Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain.

1.6

Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of sustainable engineering practice in the technology domain.

2.

Engineering Application Ability

2.1

Application of established engineering methods to broadly-defined problem solving within the technology domain.

2.2

Application of engineering techniques, tools and resources within the technology domain.

2.3

Application of systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain.

2.4

Application of systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain.

3.

Professional and Personal Attributes

3.1

Ethical conduct and professional accountability.

3.2

Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.

3.3

Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.

3.4

Professional use and management of information.

3.5

Orderly management of self and professional conduct.

3.6

Effective team membership and team leadership.

Successfully completing this Unit will contribute to the recognition of attainment of the following graduate attributes aligned to the AQF Level 7 criteria, Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologists and the Sydney Accord:

 

Graduate Attributes

(Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Professional and Personal Development)

EA Stage 1 Competencies

Learning Outcomes

A. Knowledge of Science and Engineering Fundamentals

A1. Breadth of knowledge of engineering and systematic, theory-based understanding of underlying principles, and depth of knowledge across one or more engineering sub- disciplines

 

1.1, 1.3

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

A2. Knowledge of mathematical, statistical and computer sciences appropriate for engineering technology

 

1.2

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

A3. Discernment of knowledge development within the technology domain

1.4

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

A4. Knowledge of engineering design practice and contextual factors impacting the technology domain

 

1.5

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

B. Problem Solving, Critical Analysis and Judgement

B1. Ability to research, synthesise, evaluate and innovatively apply theoretical concepts, knowledge and approaches across diverse engineering technology contexts to effectively solve engineering problems

 

1.4, 2.1, 2.3

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

B2. Technical and project management skills to design complex systems and solutions in line with developments in engineering technology professional practice

 

2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

C. Effective Communication

C1. Cognitive and technical skills to investigate, analyse and organise information and ideas and to communicate those ideas clearly and fluently, in both written and spoken forms appropriate to the audience

 

3.2

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

C2. Ability to engage effectively and appropriately across a diverse range of cultures

3.2

6

D. Design and Project Management

D1. Apply systematic synthesis and design processes within the technology domain

2.1, 2.2, 2.3

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

D2. Apply systematic approaches to the conduct and management of projects within the technology domain

 

2.4

 

6

E. Accountability, Professional and Ethical Conduct

E1. Innovation in applying engineering technology, having regard to ethics and impacts including economic; social; environmental and sustainability

 

1.6, 3.1, 3.4

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

E2. Professional conduct, understanding and accountability in professional practice across diverse circumstances including team work, leadership and independent work

 

3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6

 

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

This table details the mapping of the unit graduate attributes to the unit learning outcomes and the Australian Engineering Stage 1 Competency Standards for the Engineering Technologist.

 

 

 

Graduate Attributes

A1

A2

A3

A4

B1

B2

C1

C2

D1

D2

E1

E2

 

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standards for Engineering Technologist

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Unit Learning Outcomes

LO1

 

 

LO2

 

 

LO3

 

 

LO4

 

 

LO5

 

 

LO6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student assessment

Assessment Type

When assessed

Weighting (% of total unit marks)

Learning Outcomes Assessed

 

Assessment 1

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation

Example Topic: Kinematics, Supports and Reactions.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers and solve some simple equations to demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamental concepts

 

Week 3

 

15%

 

1

 

Assessment 2

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation

Example Topic: Analysis of 2-D Trusses, Shearing Force and Bending Moment diagrams of beams.

Students may provide solutions to simple problems on the listed topics

 

Week 6

 

20%

 

2, 3

 

Assessment 3

Type: Multi-choice test / Group work / Short answer questions / Practical / Remote Lab / Simulation / Project

Example Topic: Simple truss, Warren truss, Spring test, Beam/frame test.

Students may complete a quiz with MCQ type answers or solve some simple problems or using software to complete a practical.

 

Week 9

 

20%

 

4, 5, 6

 

Assessment 4

Type: Examination Example Topic: All topics

An examination with a mix of detailed report type questions and/or simple numerical problems to be completed in 3 hours

 

Final Week

 

40%

 

1 to 6

 

Attendance / Tutorial Participation

Example: Presentation, discussion, group work, exercises, self-assessment/reflection, case study analysis, application.

 

Continuous

 

5%

 

1 to 6

Prescribed and recommended readings

 

Suggested Textbook

  • Hibbeler, R.C. Yap K (2013). Mechanics for Engineers: Statics (13th Edition), Pearson Education, ISBN 9789810692605.

  • Hibbeler R C (2013) Mechanics of Materials (9th Edition) Prentice Hall ISBN 9789810694364 (also used in 204)

     

    Reference Materials

    Additional reference materials will be advised during lectures.

  • Hibbeler, R.C. (2013). Mechanics for Engineers: Dynamics, SI Edition 13e, Pearson, ISBN-10: 9810692617 | ISBN-13: 9789810692612.

  • Peer reviewed Journals

  • Knovel library: http://app.knovel.com

  • IDC Technologies publications

  • Other material and online collections as advised during the lectures

     

    Unit Content:

    One topic is delivered per contact week, with the exception of part-time 24-week units, where one topic is delivered every two weeks.

     

    Topics 1 and 2

     

    Kinematics of a Particle: Force and Acceleration

  • Newton’s Second Law of Motion

  • The Equation of Motion

  • Equation of Motion for a System of Particles

  • Equations of Motion: Rectangular Coordinates

  • Equations of Motion: Normal and Tangential Coordinates

  • Equations of Motion: Cylindrical Coordinates

    Planar Kinematics of a Rigid Body: Force and Acceleration

  • Mass Moment of Inertia

  • Planar Kinetic Equations of Motion

  • Equations of Motion: Translation

  • Equations of Motion: Rotation about a Fixed Axis

     

    Topic 3

    Supports and Reactions.

  • Extension of equilibrium of bodies

  • Extension on stress,

  • Strain,

  • Material properties.

     

    Topics 4 and 5

    Analysis of 2-D Trusses

  • Simple Trusses

  • The Method of Joints

  • Zero-Force Members

  • The Method of Sections

  • Space Trusses

     

    Topic 6

    Extension on Shearing Force and Bending Moment diagrams of beams and extension of stresses in Beams

  • Relations between Distributed Load, Shear and Moment

  • Draw the shear and moment diagrams for the overhang beam

  • Draw the shear and moment diagrams for beams with internal hinges

  • Stresses in Beams

     

    Topic 7

    Analysis of Frames

  • Normal Force,

  • Shearing Force and

  • Bending Moment diagrams

     

    Topic 8

    Tension, Compression, and Shear Stresses

  • Introduction to mechanics of materials

  • Normal stress and strain

  • Shear stress and strain

  • Allowable stresses and allowable loads

  • Design for axial loads and direct shear

     

    Topic 9

    Axially Loaded Members

  • Introduction to axially loaded members

  • Changes in lengths of axially loaded members

  • Changes in lengths under non-uniform conditions

  • Statically indeterminate structures

  • Thermal effects, misfits, and pre-strains

     

    Topic 10

     

    Torsion

  • Non-uniform torsion

  • Statically indeterminate torsional members

  • Thin-walled tubes

     

    Topic 11

    Beam Bending - extension

  • Normal stresses in beams (linearly elastic materials)

  • Design of beams for bending stresses

  • Beams with axial loads (advanced topic)

 

Topic 12

Unit Review

In the final week, students will have an opportunity to review the contents covered so far. Opportunity will be provided for a review of students’ work and to clarify any outstanding issues.

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