Students are prohibited from taking the LH Continuum Mechanics module in combination with this module

Exclusions

Description

Elsewhere in the programme, a study of particle and rigid body dynamics was made. In this module we consider the case when the number of particles tends to infinity, with relative motion between the particles. This course will develop the idea of a continuum and study the deformation, strain and stress of both elastic and fluid continua. A preliminary survey of the physical properties of common elastic solids and fluids will be followed by a development of the appropriate strain and stress tensors and general conservation laws. Simple examples of deformation such as uniaxial tension and torsion in elastic solids will be given. This module will stand as an introduction to the subject in its own right and also as an introduction to more advanced material at level M.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

Describe the deformation and stress in an elastic solid or fluid

Solve simple problems involving these continua

Realise which effects play a role in the motion of a fluid

Describe the flow (velocities and pressures) in certain configurations, for example, the flow around a cylinder, sphere and aerofoil.

Students taking the module at Level M will explore the subject beyond the taught syllabus.

Assessment

27716-01 : Raw Module Mark : Coursework (100%)

Assessment Methods & Exceptions

2 hour Written Unseen January Examination (80%); In-course Assessment (20%).