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2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MECH1230 Solid Mechanics

20 creditsClass Size: 320

Module manager: Dr Ida Shafagh

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Module replaces

MECH 1110 and MECH 1120

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To introduce the basic engineering principles required for analysing motion and the forces that produce it and to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of structural analysis and its application to the general field of engineering.

Students will develop the ability and apply these techniques to tackle typical dynamics and structural problems and produce solutions for applications in mechanical engineering.

Learning outcomes
At the end of the module the student be able to
1. Understand and use theoretical aspects of particle and rigid body kinetics and kinematics to solve dynamics engineering problems
2. Understand and use theoretical aspects of equilibrium to analyse the stresses and design of engineering structures.

Upon successful completion of this module the following UK-SPEC learning outcome descriptors are satisfied:

A comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline, and an understanding and know-how of the scientific principles of related disciplines, to enable appreciation of the scientific and engineering context, and to support their understanding of relevant historical, current and future developments and technologies (SM1m)
Knowledge and understanding of mathematical and statistical methods necessary to underpin their education in their engineering discipline and to enable them to apply a range of mathematical and statistical methods, tools and notations proficiently and critically in the analysis and solution of engineering problems (SM2m)
Understanding of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to undertake critical analysis of key engineering processes (EA1m)
Ability to identify, classify and describe the performance of systems and components through the use of analytical methods and modelling techniques (EA2)
Ability to apply relevant practical and laboratory skills (P3)
Understanding of the use of technical literature and other information sources (P4)
Apply their skills in problem solving, communication, information retrieval, working with others and the effective use of general IT facilities (G1).

Skills outcomes
Analysis of engineering structures, static load stress and strain of structures, kinematics and kinetics of mechanisms and particles.


- Equations of Statics & Free Body Diagrams
- Equilibrium of Forces and Moments
- Bending Moments and Shear Force Diagrams
- Stress & Strain
- Torsion of Circular Bars
- Bending Stress of Symmetrical Beams
- Bending, Deflection and Slope
- Stress-strain Transformations
- One dimensional particle kinematics
- Two dimentional particle kinematics
- Rigid body kinematics
- Mechanisms
- One dimensional particle kinetics
- Two dimensional particle kinetics
- Rigid body kinetics
- Impact and Momentum
- Energy
- Work

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Example Class221.0022.00
In Course Assessment22.004.00
Class tests, exams and assessment12.002.00
Private study hours118.00
Total Contact hours82.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Reviewing lecture notes, solving example sheets, preparing for tutorials, class test and assignment. Revising for final exam.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

An online discussion board will be monitored during specified times each week.
Minerva/TopHat quiz after each topic

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentClass test - Statics20.00
PracticalLab and report Dynamics20.00
In-course AssessmentClass test - Dynamics10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Unseen exam 2 hr 50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 31/10/2022


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