KB7008 - Advanced Stress and Structural Analysis

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What will I learn on this module?

You will learn about advanced stress and structural analyses and their practical application as used in modern Mechanical Engineering design and in the failure assessment of components. You will develop skills in the effective use of experimental and computational stress analysis techniques in the design, testing or failure assessment of materials and structures.

How will I learn on this module?

You will learn via a combination of tutor contact through lectures and seminars and through carrying out work which is directed by the tutor all of which will also prepare you for working by yourself or in groups to seek out new knowledge and develop new skills. The lectures will follow an integrated approach to learning with initial information dissemination, followed by a chance to practice the application of knowledge via the seminars, using a problem based learning approach. Classes will be instructed to read the lecture notes ahead of the lecture and to use the reading lists for background reading. Seminar sessions [and some problem solving in lectures] will provide a rich feedback framework based on problem based learning. The learning in the seminar sessions will be carried out by fostering teamwork in a development environment and enhancing the students' knowledge of the subject matter through peer engagement.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Class contact provides the initial academic support to the module; however, a number of additional support structures are built within and around this.
Verbal feedback and comments are given throughout the sessions [particularly in seminars]. Such comments may be generic and applicable to all students, typically noting procedures or some technical guideline or could be more directed to the individuals learning. The eLearning Portal (Blackboard) is used in the module where the taught content is replicated along with links to the reading list support, seminar questions, case studies and appropriate web sites showing relation of the theory to the industrial context of the module. Additional support is provided through the Department’s “open door” approach where tutors can be accessed in a professional manner to reflect the world of work and enhance employability skills.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

• Beer, F. P., Johnston, E. R. Jnr., DeWolf, J. T. and Mazurek, D. F. (2015). Mechanics of Materials, 7th Edition in SI units. McGraw-Hill
• Hibbeler, R. C. (2012). Mechanics of Materials, Eighth Edition in SI Units. Pearson
• Logan, D. L. (2016). A First Course in the Finite Element Method, 6th Edition in SI units. CL. Engineering

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
MLO1 Understand complex engineering theories relevant to the failure of materials through fracture and fatigue.

MLO2 Analyse the theoretical and practical aspects of material nonlinearity and its influence on material behaviour.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:

MLO3 Utilise a critical and evaluative approach to solving complex problems.

MLO4 Defend your engineering solution, design rationale or analysis.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):

MLO5 Exercise creativity and initiative in the development of solutions to complex engineering problems.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessments

The Learning Outcomes will all be addressed in a single piece of coursework based around a portfolio in which you will show technical progress and also reflection on the lessons learned to demonstrate your ability to create solutions using the knowledge and skills gained in the module. The coursework will contain various tasks which will cover MLOs 1,2,3,4 and 5. This will be marked and feedback provided throughout the module.

Formative Assessments

Formative feedback will come through your active engagement with the tutor and peers in the taught sessions and through dialogue, which will allow you to reflect on the learning and feed improvements forward to the final submitted work.





Module abstract

This module is about design and analysis of mechanical and structural systems from a mechanics and dynamics perspective. It aims to apply design and analysis methods in solving complex mechanical and structural problems using analytical approaches and numerical techniques such as finite element methods. A strong background in analytical and numerical analysis of mechanical and structural systems offers a good grounding for progression through the programme and develops your understanding to facilitate further study and enhance your key employability skills.

This module tackles advanced stress and structural analyses and their practical application as used in modern Mechanical Engineering design. The module will engage in the topic of material nonlinearity and its effect on material behaviour and encompass the failure assessment of components through the study of fatigue and fracture. You will develop skills in the effective use of analytical and computational stress analysis techniques in the design, testing and failure assessment of materials and structures.

Course info

Credits 20

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 2 years full-time (with advanced practice in second year)
1 other options available

Department Mechanical and Construction Engineering

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2019 or January 2020

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