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MEC2009 : Mechanics II

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


Broadening and deepening of knowledge and understanding of mechanics (dynamics and control, mechanics of solids and stress analysis) from the base established in MEC1011, appropriate for a professional mechanical or manufacturing engineering career, or as a basis for further advanced level study of these topics.

Outline Of Syllabus

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.
Concepts of control and feedback; first and second order systems; transfer functions and block diagrams; response to step and ramp inputs; analysis of steady state errors.
Dynamics and Control Laboratory and analytical assignments based on SIMULINK modelling software.

3D stress and strain, Mohr’s circle, principal stresses and other invariants, yield criteria; introduction to the finite element method (FEM) for stress analysis, with applications; introduction to contact mechanics, creepage, wear and fatigue crack growth; laboratory measurement of strain and beam deflection.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:453:45End of Semester examinations (Semester 1 and Semester 2)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion310:0030:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submissions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion600:3030:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture651:0065:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical33:009:00Extended activity (laboratory, computing) to apply taught material, develop professional skills
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00Problem classes (“tutorials”) to support independent study and reinforce skills practise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study158:1558:15Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering science and the approaches required to apply this to the discipline-specific problems identified.
Tutorials support the students' self-study in reading around the lecture material and learning to solve the practical engineering problems posed by the Tutorial Questions.
Laboratory work 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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1501A55N/A
Written Examination752A20N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M5Strength of materials laboratory report (max 10 hours).
Report2M15Finite Element Application assignment (max 10 hours).
Report2M5Simulink Control simulation assignment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination 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.

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