Programme/Approved Electives for 2021/22
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module is suitable for introducing undergraduates to solid mechanics. It covers such topics as strain and stress tensors, constitutive relations, as well as basic aspects of wave propagation in elastic media. Starting from first principles the module provides comprehensive derivations of the results. The module contains carefully chosen examples and exercises, and provides an entry to relevant literature.
The aims of the module are to introduce students to the mathematical theory of linear elasticity, including the equilibrium equations, geometricalrelations between strain and displacements, together with the stress-strain constitutive relations. The module will demonstrate some of theapplications of this theory and show that there is significant potential for further development.
Intended Learning Outcomes
describe and utilise the concepts of stress and strain tensors in an elastic solid: 1,3derive the governing equations of linear elasticity: 2,3operate with the constitutive laws of linear isotropic elasticity: 1,3formulate and solve boundary value problems in simple domains: 2,3solve basic problems for elastic waves propagating in linearly isotropic solids: 3
25 hours lectures.5 hours practical classes.120 hours of independent study:- 80 hours consolidation of the lecture material and working on exercise sheets; - 10 hours preparation for class tests; - 30 hours revision for the final examination.
1: Assignment weighted 15%
Description of Module Assessment
CourseworkAn assignment based on a set of problems to solve, covering the material of the first 5 weeks of teaching.2: Class Test weighted 15%
40-minute Class test40-minute class test3: Unseen Exam weighted 70%
2-hour unseen examinationA 2-hour unseen exam.
The examination paper will consist of no less than five and no more than eight questions, all of
which are compulsory.