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Module Title Mechanics 1
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Mechanical Engineering
Module Code 04 28608
Module Lead Dr D Espino
Level Certificate Level
Credits 20
Semester Full Term
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-44 hours
Seminar-0 hours
Tutorial-19 hours
Project supervision-0 hours
Demonstration-0 hours
Practical Classes and workshops-12 hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop-0 hours
Fieldwork-0 hours
External Visits-0 hours
Work based learning-0 hours
Guided independent study-125 hours
Placement-0 hours
Year Abroad-0 hours
Description In this module, the mathematics and scientific principles related to mechanics in the context and application in Engineering. The module covers: general principles, the mechanical properties of material and the basic principles of analysis, all underpinned with essential mathematics. Where relevant, historical examples are embedded into the module in order to provide context for the taught material.

1. General principles
  • Newton’s laws of motion (momentum and force)
  • Work, power, Kinetic and potential energy
  • Characteristics of a force, Moment of a force
  • General conditions for equilibrium
  • Distributed loads (Uniformly distributed & Linearly varying forces)
  • Vectors, kinematics – displacement, velocity and acceleration
  • Motion in a circle – kinematics, centripetal force, moment of inertia
  • Centre of mass
2. Mechanical properties of materials
  • Second moment of area (including the parallel axis theorem).
  • Shear forces & bending moments
  • Relationship between Shear Force & Bending Moment
  • Young’s modulus & Poisson’s ratio
  • Stresses due to elastic and plastic bending
  • Location of the neutral plane
  • Shear stress & Shear strain
  • Strain energy
  • Torsion in shafts
3. Mechanical analysis
  • External & internal forces
  • Pin-jointed trusses (method of joints and method of sections)
  • Statically determinate & indeterminate problems (principle of superposition)
  • Compatibility (stress, strain & elasticity and temperature Stresses)
  • Deflections of beams
  • Discontinuous bending moment functions
  • Plastic analysis
  • Vibration of beams, single degree of freedom spring mass damper systems
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific principles and methodology necessary to underpin their education in engineering disciplines, to enable appreciation of its scientific and engineering context and to support their understanding of future developments and technologies. [US1]
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of mathematical principles necessary to underpin their education in engineering disciplines, and to enable them to apply mathematical methods, tools and notations proficiently in the analysis and solution of engineering problems. [US2]
Assessment 28608-01 : Examination : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (70%)
28608-02 : Coursework : Coursework (30%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments: One 3-hour formal written examination (70%) to be held during the University's examination period (May/June) plus assessment of laboratory work (30%).

Passing the written exam is required in order to pass the module.

Reassessment: One 3-hour formal written examination (70%) to be held during the University's supplementary examination period and/or assessment of laboratory work (30%), as relevant.

Passing the written exam is required in order to pass the module.
Other Duplicate of Dubai-based module 30330
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