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Course Overview

This course provides students with the opportunity to refresh and extend their knowledge to analyse the mechanical behaviour of engineering materials and structures. In particular, mechanical properties of materials, and 2D and 3D stresses and strains are examined, the effects of internal imperfections on the performance of materials under loading, brittle fracture, fatigue and non-destructive testing are discussed. The structural analysis of beams and columns, deflection and buckling, as well as design applications are also considered in the course.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Oleksandr Menshykov

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of EF1502 Fundamental Engineering Mechanics (Foundation) (Passed) or EF1510 Fundamental Engineering Mechanics (Foundation) (Passed) or EG1502 Fundamental Engineering Mechanics (Passed) or EG1510 Fundamental Engineering Mechanics (Passed) or Beng in Petroleum Engineering (International Foundation) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of EG1009 Fundamentals of Engineering Materials (Passed) or EG1012 Fundamentals of Engineering Materials (Passed) or Beng in Petroleum Engineering (International Foundation) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will commence with the review of definitions of normal and shear stresses and strains, and elastic stress-strain relationships. Subsequently, the brittle fracture and fatigue will be examined with introduction of the stress intensity factors, fracture toughness and S-N curves. The final part of the course will be focused on design applications and structural analysis, namely on the theory of elastic bending of beams, beams deflection, bending and buckling, virtual work, integration method, etc.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 2 hour MCQ examination (80%) and continuous assessment (20%).

Resit: 2 hour MCQ examination.  Mark awarded is the higher of (a) the resit examination (80%) and earlier continuous assessment (20%) OR (b) the resit examination alone (100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Students can receive feedback on their progress with the Course on request at the tutorial/feedback sessions (individual feedback on the lab reports will also be provided on request). There will be tutorial sessions dedicated solely to feedback on sample/past exam papers towards the end of the course.

Course Learning Outcomes


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