Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Engineering
Organisational UnitDepartment of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Malaysia First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tuncay Alan (Clayton); Professor Soh Ai Kah (Malaysia)


The unit conveys the fundamental knowledge necessary for the analysis and design of mechanical engineering structures. It builds on aspects of applied forces and basic structural analysis that are contained in various units in level 1. It provides a focus for this prior learning with respect to the analysis of components and structures within a mechanical engineering context.


  • understanding of basic representation of structures under mechanical loads via free body diagrams. Analyse structures under mechanical load using free body diagrams
  • apply stress-strain relations in conjunction with elasticity and material properties to determine strain given the stress or vice-versa
  • determine the mechanical stresses and structural deformations that arise within a body under applied loads
  • appreciation of the complexity of solid mechanics problems and the knowledge and skills to generate accurate solutions to engineering problems through simplified models
  • apply structural analysis theory to predict performance of beams under pure bending, transverse loading and mixed loading
  • apply structural analysis theory to predict performance of bars under axial loading including buckling
  • apply structural analysis theory to predict performance of structures under torsion.
  • apply the principle of stress transformation under mixed loading in 2D (plane stress and plane strain) and 3D (generalized) problems to determine principle stresses
  • select and use appropriate failure theories for engineering materials.


Continuous assessment: 30%
Examination: 70%

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Workload requirements

3 hours of lectures, 3 hours of practice sessions and 6 hours of private study per week