Mechanics of Solids - ZEIT2504

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

School: School of Engineering & Information Technology @ UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Course Outline: ZEIT2504 Course Outline

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 5

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: ZEIT1500

Equivalent: ZACM2022

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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The mechanical behaviour and analysis of solid objects under various loadings is considered in this course. The fundamental concepts of stress and strain are introduced to quantify the behaviour of structural components. The aim of the course is to provide students with fundamental knowledge regarding the examination of the stresses and strains inside bodies of finite dimensions that deform under loads using the physical properties of the materials as well as various theoretical models and concepts. Experimental material characterization and techniques for solving for stresses, strains and displacements of rods and torsional shafts, bending in beams and buckling of columns also form part of the syllabus. The course extends the work done in Statics to enable detailed behaviour of deformable solids under complex loading to be presented.

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