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2024/25 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 2024/25

Pre-requisite qualifications

Admission to all UG MECH programmes

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

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 be able to apply structural analysis techniques to tackle typical dynamics and structural problems and produce solutions for applications in mechanical engineering.

Learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
At the end of the module the student will 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 Engineering Council Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes (AHEP) learning outcome descriptors (fourth edition) are satisfied:
3. Apply knowledge of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles to broadly-defined problems. Some of the knowledge will be informed by current developments in the subject of study. [B1]
4. Analyse broadly-defined problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first principles of mathematics, statistics, natural science and engineering principles. (B2)
5. Select and apply appropriate computational and analytical techniques to model broadly-defined problems, recognising the limitations of the techniques employed. (B3)
6. Apply an integrated or systems approach to the solution of broadly-defined problems. [B6]
7. Function effectively as an individual, and as a member or leader of a team. [B16]

Skills Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills;

a. Teamwork & collaboration,
b. Problem solving & analytical skills,
c. laboratory practice


1. Equations of Statics & Free Body Diagrams
2. Equilibrium of Forces and Moments
3. Bending Moments and Shear Force Diagrams
4. Stress & Strain
5. Torsion of Circular Bars
6. Bending Stress of Symmetrical Beams
7. Bending, Deflection and Slope
8. Stress-strain Transformations
9. One dimensional particle kinematics
10. Two dimentional particle kinematics
11. Rigid body kinematics
12. Mechanisms
13. One dimensional particle kinetics
14. Two dimensional particle kinetics
15. Rigid body kinetics
16. Impact and Momentum
17. Energy
18. Work

Methods of Assessment

We are currently refreshing our modules to make sure students have the best possible experience. Full assessment details for this module are not available before the start of the academic year, at which time details of the assessment(s) will be provided.

Assessment for this module will consist of;

2 x Lab and report
2 x In-class test

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours126.00
Total Contact hours74.00
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

Formative quiz after each topic

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2024


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