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MEC3019 : Advanced Mechanics and Structural Optimisation (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Francis Franklin
  • Lecturer: Dr Barry Gallacher
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 8.0


To introduce advanced structural analysis and its use to both optimise structural performance (in terms of strength-weight ratio and production cost). To develop in the students an ability to apply mechanical and electrical principles to a range of drive systems, assemblies and components with particular reference to transport applications.

Outline Of Syllabus

- Introduction
- Response of structures and structural elements to static loading.
- Composite materials as structural elements.
- Recap on forced vibration of 1DoF system with damping applied to engine vibration.
- Free and forced vibration of 2DoF systems applied to car suspension and/or engine mounts: matrix methods;
modal coupling; introduction to Lagrangian method; vibration of continuous systems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Semester 2 examination.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion215:0030:00Target non-timetable hours to complete coursework assignment submission
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Recommended revision for exams, assuming prior regular independent study throughout teaching
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture302:0060:00Structured presentation of syllabus may include skills demonstration, formative feedback, etc
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching102:0020:00Practical seminars to support independent study and reinforce skills practise
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study168:0068:00Recommended regular personal study throughout teaching period to follow up taught classes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures used to introduce concepts, theory and case studies. Practicals for teaching f.e. analysis and supporting coursework. Private study time to complete coursework exercise.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A60N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M40Individual report on coursework exercise (max 30 hours)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Coursework exercise used to assess ability to effectively carry out design, modelling and analysis; written exam to assess understanding of underpinning theory.

(1) 60% Exam

(2) 40% Assignment

Reading Lists