• Offered by School of Engineering
  • ANU College ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Course subject Engineering
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Nicolo Malagutti
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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Course has been adjusted for remote participation in S1 2021 Some on-campus activities are available. Attendance at these where possible is encouraged

This course covers the elements of mechanics of materials, experimental mechanics and design of space frames using commercial Finite Element Software. Topics covered include equilibrium of deformable body, Concepts of  stress and strain, Mechanical properties of materials, Axial loading, thermal  stress, Torsional loading, Bending behaviour, stress concentrations, Transverse shear loading, combined loadings, stress transformation, deflection of beams and shafts, statically indeterminate problems and buckling of columns. Experimental Mechanics laboratories include usage of strain gauges and photo-elastic stress measurements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

At the completion of this course it is desired that each student be able to:

1.       Develop an understanding on the  use  the material data obtained from standard mechanical testing methods for structural design applications

2.       Analyse the structural response behaviour by breaking the response of structure into axial, bending and torsional deformation modes

3.       Design simple connections for use in structural mechanics

4.       Develop an understanding of stress concentrations in structures

5.       Analyse thermal behaviour of structural members

6.       Develop a knowledge  of combined loading behaviour in structural systems

7.       Design and optimize the design of  three dimensional frame structures using finite element analysis

8.       Develop an understanding of experimental mechanics techniques through the use of strain gage measurements and photo elastic  experiments

Professional Skills Mapping:
Mapping of Learning Outcomes to Assessment and Professional Competencies 

Indicative Assessment

1.       Mastering engineering assignments – 15%

2.       Individual Design Project – 15 %

3.       Experimental mechanics laboratory report – 15%

4.       Mid semester exam – 10%

5.       Final Exam – 45%

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4 lectures week, 1 tutorial/week, 3 2 hour computer labs and 3 3 hour experimental mechanics lab - subject to reviewter

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed ENGN1217.

Prescribed Texts

Mechanics of Materials - R.C Hibbeler, Seventh SI Edition



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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4410
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2441 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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