Faculty of Engineering

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Tuncay Alan


This unit provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge in solid mechanics to confidently analyse and design engineering components and structures with particular reference to the aerospace industry. Each part of the unit contrasts theory and practical application in order to impart a practical appreciation of the knowledge gained. The role of approximate methods of analysis and their interaction with practical situations is highlighted. Constant use is made of real life problems from the aerospace industry


  • Understanding of basic representation of structures under mechanical loads via free body diagrams and analysis of structures under mechanical loads using free body diagrams
  • ability to apply stress-strain relations in conjunction with elasticity and material properties to determine strain given the stress or vice-versa
  • ability to 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
  • ability to apply structural analysis theory to predict performance of beams under pure bending, transverse loading and mixed loading
  • ability to apply structural analysis theory to predict performance of bars under axial loading including buckling
  • ability to apply structural analysis theory to predict performance of structures under torsion.
  • ability to apply the principle of stress transformation under mixed loading in 2D (plane stress and plane strain) and 3D (generalised) problems to determine principle stresses
  • ability to select and use appropriate failure theories for engineering materials.


In semester assessment: 30%
Final examination (3 hours): 70%

Workload requirements

3 hours lectures + 3 hours practice sessions or laboratories and 6 hours of private study per week

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