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MCB 2034 Solid Mechanics

4 credit hours
Course Outline - Semester: May 2014

Topics include Stress, Strain, Mechanical Properties of Materials, Axial Load, Torsion, Bending,
Transverse Shear, Combined Loadings, Stress and Strain Transformation, Design and Deflection of
Beams and Shafts, and Buckling of Columns.

MCB 1053 Statics

Hibbeler, R.C., Mechanics of Materials, Ninth SI Edition, Prentice Hall, 2014.

Saravanan Karuppanan, Dr.
19-03-10; ext. 7199

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course, students should be able to:
1. Analyze the stress-strain relationship in various structural members subjected to single
loadings; axial load, torsion, bending and shear load.
2. Solve the problems in various structural members subjected to combined loadings; a
combination of axial load, torsion, bending and shear load.
3. Analyze the stress and strain transformation at a point in two dimensions and determine the
principal stresses/strains and their orientation.
4. Design for dimension and strength of structural members subjected to various external loads,
determine their deformation, and select the suitable material for a specific engineering

Learning Modes:
Lecture: 4 hours/week Tutorial: 1 hour/week Lab: 1 hour/experiment
(4 experiments in total)

Item Marks allocation
Quizzes, Assignments 12 marks
Lab 8 marks
Test 1, 2 30 marks
Final Examination 50 marks


Week # Topics Remarks

Chapter 1: Stress

Lab sign-up
Venue: 18-02-07
2 Chapter 2: Strain
Lab briefing
Venue: 18-02-07
Date: 28 May, 2014
Time: 2:00-3:00 pm
3 Chapter 3: Mechanical Properties of Materials

4 Chapter 4: Axial Load

5 Chapter 5: Torsion

6 Chapter 6: Bending Test 1 in Week 6 (TBA)
7 Chapter 7: Transverse Shear

8 Chapter 8: Combined Loadings

9 Chapter 9: Stress Transformation

10 Chapter 10: Strain Transformation

11 Chapter 11: Design of Beams and Shafts

12 Chapter 12: Deflection of Beams and Shafts
13 Chapter 13: Buckling of Columns Test 2 in Week 13 (TBA)
14 Revision

STUDY WEEK (23 August, 2014 to 27 August, 2014)
FINAL EXAMS (28 August, 2014 to 7 September, 2014)

1. Attend and be punctual for the lectures, tutorial and lab sessions.
2. Students with poor attendance may be barred from taking the final exam.
3. Bring a calculator for class activities.
4. All quizzes will be on unannounced basis during lecture/tutorial.
5. Academic dishonesty would be severely penalized.