Faculty of Engineering

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


Dr Bernard Chen (Clayton); Professor Soh Ai Kah (Malaysia)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit aims to develop an understanding of the analytical methodologies used in strength and stiffness assessment of engineering structures and components. It allows students to translate real-world forces into abstract form for engineering modelling of a range of common problems found in industry and gain knowledge of the relationship between analysis and design. Students will be exposed to a wide range of analytical tools and modeling philosophies. To complement these analytical solution techniques, students will now be taught the fundamentals of finite element analysis.


  • understanding of the relevance of strength and stiffness aspects of engineering structures and components.
  • appreciation of a range of modeling tools and analytical methodologies.
  • understanding of the role of solid mechanics in engineering analysis and design.
  • calculate elastic and inelastic stresses in simple and compound beams.
  • apply the concept of loads and load paths.
  • knowledge of alternative analytical tools to solve similar problems.
  • apply and contrast a range of analytical tools.
  • calculate elastic and inelastic stresses and deflections in simple and compound beams.
  • calculate stresses and displacements in pressure vessels.
  • predict the stress and strain in non-circular cross-section members under torsional loading.
  • analyse stresses and deflections of flat plates.
  • analyse shear stresses in thin-walled sections.
  • appreciate the relationship between solid mechanics and engineering design.
  • confidence in evaluating new engineering problems and formulating original solutions.
  • a good understanding of finite element analysis and how it assists with the solution of solid mechanics problems.
  • an appreciation of the limitations and dangers associated with an inappropriate use of finite element analyses and how it can affect the accuracy of the solution.
  • apply finite element analysis with a knowledge of the limitation and accuracy of this procedure to assist in solving solid mechanics problems.
  • apply solid mechanics principle in real world engineering design problems.


In-semester assessment: 30%
Examination (3 hours): 70%
Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component (assignments, tests, mid-semester exams, laboratory reports) and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

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

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