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MECHANICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

ASSIGNMENT 2
Code/Name Course : EM317 Stress Analysis and Design
Semester : Jan - May 2018
Submission Due Date : 30.03.2018 (Friday) – 7 pm

CLO3 CLO5
Assessment
PLO2 PLO3
Assignment/Short √ √
Project
Upon completion of this module, the student will be able to:

CLO3: Analyse the pure bending in prismatic members. (C4, PLO2)

CLO5: Evaluate stresses in beam and draw the shear and bending-moment
diagram, and buckling in columns under different loading conditions.
(C5, PLO3)

PROBLEM ANALYSIS - identify, formulate, research literature and analyse

complex engineering problems reaching substantiated conclusions using first
principles of mathematics, natural sciences and engineering sciences
PLO 2
DESIGN/DEVELOPMENT OF SOLUTIONS - Design solutions for complex
PLO3
engineering problems and design systems, components or processes that meet
specified needs with appropriate consideration for public health and safety,
cultural, societal, and environmental considerations

Question Marks Marks obtained

Q1 (CLO3) (a) 8
Assignment
(b) 8
Q2 (CLO4) (a) 10
(b) 6
Total 32 (8%)

Student Name:
Student ID:
Q1. (a) A WT230 × 26 standard steel shape is used to support the loads shown on the beam in
Figure 1 (a). The dimensions from the top and bottom of the shape to the centroidal axis are
shown on the sketch of the cross section (Figure Q1(a)). Consider the entire 4-m length of the
beam.
Determine the maximum compression bending stress at any location along the beam.
(8 marks)

Figure Q1(a)

Note: Your answer must contain free body diagrams, calculations, shear diagram and moment
diagram.

(b) The beam is constructed from three boards as shown in Figure Q2. The allowable shear
𝑘𝑁
stress for the wood is 𝜏𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑜𝑤 = 275 . Answer the following;
𝑚2

i. Determine the maximum load P that the wooden beam can support.
ii. What is the maximum allowable spacing ‘s’ of the nails used to hold the (i) top
and (ii) bottom flanges to the web if each nail can resist a shear force of 200 N?
(8 marks)

Figure Q1(b)
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Q2 (a) The assembly in Figure Q2 consists of two solid 50-mm-diameter steel [E =200 GPa] rods
(1) and (2). Assume that the rods are pin-connected and that joint B is restrained against translation
in the z direction. A minimum factor of safety of 3.0 is required for the buckling capacity of each
rod. Determine the maximum allowable load P that can be supported by the assembly.

(10 marks)

Figure Q2

(b) For each term below, (i) explain by definition and (ii) sketch diagrams/figures/graphs (which
ever relevant) to illustrate/differentiate components in each term.
i. Effective-length
ii. Slenderness-ratio