10 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: The module will provide you with a basic understanding of the mechanics of materials relevant to bioengineering practice with application to simple components. You will learn about how structures behave under load and how to analyse them using equilibrium equations; free body diagrams; the concepts of stress and strain; and elastic and plastic response.  You will gain knowledge of a wide range of engineering materials, their properties and behaviour in tension, compression, bending, shear and torsion. You will reinforce your academic understanding of the mechanics of materials through laboratory experiments. The module will highlight bioengineering relevant examples of the mechanical behaviour of materials.

Restrictions on availability: Only available to students within the Faculty of Engineering

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Laboratory work, Independent Study,
Assessment: Formal Exam

Notes: Part of the Accreditation by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Mechanical Engineering):

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