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CS2001 - Engineering Strength of Materials

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Review of shear force and bending moment diagrams. Force systems. Pure bending of elastic beams; composite beams, unsymmetrical sections. Shearing stresses in beams; shear flow, shear centre. Analysis of plane stress and plane strain; Hookes law, stress transformations, Mohrs circle. Torsion for circular sections. Compound stresses. Bending deflection; double integration, moment area methods. Column behaviour, Euler load, secant formula, short and long columns, slenderness ratio, effective length. Introduction to theories of failure.

Learning Outcomes

  • determine stresses and strains in structural members subjected to axial, bending and torsional forces;
  • define relationships between member forces, loads, deformations and material stresses and strains;
  • describe various testing methods to determine various mechanical properties of materials;
  • analyse simply supported beams and columns subjected to various types of loadings;
  • calculate deflections in simply supported beams using various methods;
  • carry out stress/strain/inertia transformation with respect to any mutually perpendicular axes using the equations or Mohr's circles;
  • demonstrate effective written communication skills through laboratory reports.
Prerequisites: EG1011


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 28-Mar-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Siva Sivakugan
Lecturers: Professor John Ginger, Assoc. Professor Siva Sivakugan.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • 6 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); other exams (25%); assignments (12%); practicals (13%).

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