Aims/Description: This unit furthers the fundamental concepts and techniques used in engineering mechanics. Two-dimensional statics is covered including force and moment systems, free body diagrams, equilibrium, distributed forces in beams and hydrostatic applications, and their application to typical engineering machines. An introduction to the essentials of three-dimensional statics is also included. Two-dimensional kinematics, kinematics of particles and rigid bodies are covered. An introduction to the use of yield criteria in determining failure in mechanical components will be given. Advanced analytical techniques will be used to study damped translational vibrations. Students will be able to apply these techniques to experimental data.

Restrictions on availability: Foundation Degree, BEng, Higher Apprenticeship, Degree Apprenticeship students in relevant employment

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Problem solving, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Practical skills assessment

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre):

Teaching timetable


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