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Module

MEC3029 : Advanced Mechanics and Structural Optimisation

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

Aims

1. Kinematics and kinetics of spatial rigid bodies.
2. Analysis and optimisation of structural elements to meet operational constraints.
3. Finite element analysis case studies of structural elements and materials.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Kinematics and kinetics of spatial rigid bodies, and Free Body Diagrams of spatial systems in 3D.
2. Moments of inertia, products of inertia, principle axes and the inertia tensor.
3. Angular and linear momentum, gyroscopic torque, and the Euler qquations of motion for collection of particles and rigid bodies.
4. Response of structures and structural elements to static loading, and the Castigliano method.
5. Introduction to honeycomb and sandwich structures, and hyperelastic materials.
6. Introduction to heuristic optimisation techniques.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable