C&ENVENG 2025 - Strength of Materials IIA

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2015

Topics to be chosen from: elastic and elastic-plastic behaviour; plane stress and strain; constitutive relationships, principal stress and strain; failure criteria; stresses in thick cylinders; bending and shearing stresses in beams; Mohr's circle; deflections of beams; Euler buckling; short and long columns; torsion of solid and hollow circular sections; elastic axis; introduction to statical indeterminacy and simple redundant structures; work and strain energy concepts.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code C&ENVENG 2025
    Course Strength of Materials IIA
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites C&ENVENG 1010 & MATHS 1012
    Restrictions Available to BE(Civil & Struct), BE(Mining), BE(Architectural) & associated double degree students only
    Assessment exam 60%, assignments 20%, tests/quizzes 20%
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Chengqing Wu

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    This subject is intended to provide students with a thorough understanding of the theory and application of structural mechanics of deformable bodies as it applies to trusses, beams and frames. Particular emphasis is placed on understanding the relationships between loads, member forces and deformations and material stresses and strains. Topics covered include: normal stress and strain due to axial loads and bending; shear stress and strain due to transverse loading and torsion; constitutive relationships for elastic and inelastic stress-strain behaviour; principal stress and strain; failure criteria; deflections in beams; asymmetric bending; Euler buckling; short and long columns; introduction to statical indeterminacy; and work and strain energy concepts.  The specific learning objectives, which are related to the Institution of Engineers Graduate Attributes are listed here:

    1 - Technical knowledge and application of knowledge skills
    To develop an understanding of the engineering fundamentals of structural mechanics of deformable bodies and competence in applying the theory to solve strength of materials problems

    2 - Thinking skills
    To develop competence in problem identification, formulation and solution for strength of materials problems

    3 - Personal skills and attitudes
    To develop the ability to act in a professional manner while working in groups on strength of materials laboratory exercises

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Lecture slides will be uploaded regularly on MyUni and distributed in class to students.
    Recommended Resources
    Course textbook:
    “Mechanics of Materials” 8/9th SI Edition by Hibbeler, Prentice Hall, 2011.
    Other recommended textbook:
    “Mechanics of Materials” 5th SI Edition by Beer, Johnston, DeWolf and Mazurek, McGraw Hill, 2009.
    Online Learning
    MyUni will be used to support the in-class and laboratory teaching. The Discussion Board in MyUni will provide additional supports for students to have discussions related to this course.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching for this large class will consist primarily of lectures where the fundamental theory will be presented, followed by examples to illustrate how the theory can be applied to solve practical
    engineering mechanics problems.  Students will conduct 5 laboratory experiments (a 2.5 hour time frame in total) to see physical demonstrations of the type of material behaviour that is described in
    the lectures.  Students will develop their understanding of the course content through reading of the textbook, practice problem solving through the tutorial questions and attendance at lectures where problem solving strategies are presented and discussed.


    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    There are 4-hours of lecture/tutorial timetabled for each of the 12 weeks in the semester.  It is expected that students will spend another 4 to 6 hours per week outside of class studying the material and practising their problem solving with examples from the textbook.

    Learning Activities Summary
    Week Topic Textbook reference

    Section Page
    1 Ch. 1 – Introduction
    Ch. 2 – Stress & Strain (axial loading)
    1.1 – 2.2
    3.1 - 3.8
    1 - 80
    81 - 118
    2 Ch. 2 – Stress & Strain (continued)
    Ch. 3 – Torsion
    4.1 – 4.9
    5.1 – 5.4
    119 - 178
    179 - 213
    3 Ch. 3 – Torsion (continued) 5.5 – 5.10 214 - 254
    4 Ch. 4 – Bending 6.1 – 6.4 255 – 301
    5 Ch. 4 – Bending (continued)
    Ch. 5 – Beam
    6.5 – 6.10 302 - 358
    6 Ch. 6 – Transverse Shear
    Ch. 6 – Transverse Loading (continued)
    7.1 – 7.3
    7.4 – 7.5
    359 – 386
    387 – 404
    7 Ch. 7 – Transformations of Stress/Strain and failure criteria 8.1 – 8.2
    9.1 – 9.5
    405 – 436
    437 – 484
    8 Ch. 7 – Transformations of Stress/Strain and failure criteria (continued) 10.1 – 10.7 485 – 536
    9 Ch. 8 – Design of Beams and Shafts 11.1 – 11.4 537 – 568
    10 Ch. 9 – Columns 13.1 – 13.7 657 – 714
    11 Ch. 10 – Deflections of Beams by Integration 12.1 – 12.7 569 – 632
    12 Review
    Specific Course Requirements
    All experiments (tension, compression, torsion and column buckling) are video recorded and will be used in parallel with lecture slides. In particular, calculations based on experimental measurements will be used in class to illustrate the theoretical aspects of all above mentioned tests. Students are not required to attend practical classes, but expected to observe the experiments through these videos and answer questions related to the theory in each experiment.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Summary:
                Homework                    20%     
                Quizzes                         20%
                Final Examination          60%

    Homework: There will be homework assignments set on each topic (about 10 in total) throughout the course. These will typically consist of 2 – 3 problems per assignment and will be submitted, marked and returned regularly throughout the semester. Marks on these assignments will make up 20% of the final subject mark. The assessment tasks associated with the Homework Exercises address course learning objectives 1, 2 and 3.

    Quizzes: There will be two Quizzes (formative) during the semester, each worth 10% of your final  mark.  The Quizzes will be closed book, closed note and run under examination conditions. Quiz No. 1 will take place in Week 6 (Thursday) and cover the material listed above for Chapters 1 through 3 of the lecture topic. Quiz No. 2 will take place in week 10 (Friday) and cover the material listed above for Chapters 4, 6 and 7 of the lecture topic.  If you miss a quiz through medical reasons, please come and see me.  The assessment tasks associated with the Quizzes address course learning objectives 1 and 2.

    Final Examination: The final examination (summative) will cover all the materials covered during the  semester and contribute towards 60% of the final mark for the subject.  The assessment tasks associated with the Final Exam address course learning objectives 1 and 2.

    Assessment Related Requirements

    You must obtain at least 30% in the final examination and 50% overall to pass the course.

    Assessment Detail
    Homework Assignments – students will be given a set of problems (usually 2 to 3) covering the lecture material for each of the Chapters identified previously in Section 5.1. The homework should be done by students individually and will be marked with equal importance given to (a) presentation, (b) method and (c) the answer. Solution should start with a clear statement of the problem, a summary of the given information, what is to be solved for, and then a clear and easy-to-follow solution with diagrams where appropriate and highlighting any assumptions made along the way.

    Quizzes – the in-class quizzes will be run under final examination conditions (that is, closed-book, closed-notes) and are intended to give both the instructor and students feedback on how well they are going in gaining an understanding of the fundamental theory and how to apply it to solve basic strength of materials problems.

    Final Examination – this is intended to provide an independent test of how well students have learned the fundamental theory and their ability to apply it to solve strength of materials problems.

    Homework Assignments must be submitted to the course submission box in front of the School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering Office (Eng. North N136) before the start of the nominated due
    date. Late submissions will be penalised at the rate of 10% per day until the assignments are returned within a week. No credit will be given for assignments handed up after they have been marked and returned to the class.

    In-class Quizzes will be marked and returned to students as soon as possible after the fact; normally about 1 to 2 weeks afterwards.  Students who miss a quiz without providing a medical certificate will
    receive zero (0) for the quiz. 

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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