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Module

MEC2009 : Mechanics II

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Barry Gallacher
  • Lecturer: Dr Francis Franklin, Mr Robert Davidson
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

Broadening and deepening of knowledge and understanding of mechanics (dynamics and control, mechanics of solids and stress analysis) from the base established in Stage 1, appropriate for a professional mechanical or manufacturing engineering career, or as a basis for further advanced level study of these topics.

Outline Of Syllabus

DYNAMICS AND CONTROL
2D rigid body dynamics and kinematics; pure translation; general plane motion; free body diagrams.
Free and forced vibrations of damped single degree of freedom system & applications.
Introduction to Control Systems, their science, components and applications.

MECHANICS OF SOLIDS AND STRESS ANALYSIS
3D stress and strain, Mohr’s circle, principal stresses and other invariants, yield criteria.
Introduction to contact mechanics, creepage, wear and fatigue crack growth.
Laboratory measurement of strain and beam deflection.
Introduction to the finite element method (FEM) for stress analysis, with applications.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials601:0060:00Non-synchronous sessions to present lecture material.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Recommended revision for assessments, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Timed computer based assessment in Semester 1.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00PiP- Laboratory sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study176:0076:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesScheduled on-line contact time251:0025:00Synchronous online timetabled sessions - Tutorial/drop-in/Q&A sessions.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Synchronous and Non-synchronous sessions convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified.
Q&A sessions support the students' self-study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems.
Practical sessions enables students to attain hands-on experience in analysing and solving real engineering problems using software modelling tools.
Computer-based modelling assignments and reporting of these develop essential professional engineering skills in this field.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.

Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M10Strength of materials laboratory reports (Can & Ski)
Report2M30Finite Element & Control assignment
Computer assessment1M60Computer Based Assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The computer based assessment provides an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and practical problem solving skills under time-constraint as required in industry.
Laboratory work enables more realistic engineering problems to be set and may also assess data acquisition and software skills. The students will be aware of the definitions, SI units and dimensions of physical quantities and be able to apply the broad base of scientific principles, which underpin the characteristics and uses of engineering discipline, with some deeper knowledge and understanding in a chosen topic.
The software simulation and analysis assignments cover essential professional skills that cannot be assessed realistically in an examination.

Reading Lists

Timetable