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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG1008 Module Title: STATICS & DYNAMICS
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE0107
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: HOWARD CM Mr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Unseen examination (Learning outcomes assessed - b,c,d,e)
Coursework and tutorial participation (Learning outcomes assessed - a, b, c, d, e, f)
Qualifying Condition(s) 
An overall mark of 40% is required to pass the module.

Module Overview

The module consists of two parts: Statics and Dynamics. Statics is the study of the forces within structures and the deflection of structures under applied loads; Dynamics is the study of the motion of objects under applied forces and the mathematical modelling of physical phenomena.


Normal entry requirements for a degree course in Engineering

Module Aims

To provide students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts of engineering analysis, as applied to:
·           The strength and stiffness of statically determinate structures with uniaxial stress fields;
·           The motion of systems of particles and rigid bodies with and without mass and/or external forces.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, you will be able to:
a)      Explain the principle of static equilibrium;
b)      Solve for stresses and deflections in simply loaded 2D trusses and 1D beams;
c)      Solve for stresses and deflections of members under bending and torsion loads;
d)      Discuss the principle of conservation of momentum and its relevance to physical phenomena and engineering practice;
e)      Solve for the motion of single degree-of-freedom rigid-body systems with external applied forces;
f)        Analyse simple dynamic systems

Module Content

  • Equilibrium and free body diagrams (2D structures and systems)
  • Trusses (method of joints, 2D determinate systems)
  • Bending moment and shear force diagrams in beams (determinate straight beams, concentrated and uniformly distributed loads, using equilibrium)
  • Properties of areas (centre of gravity/area, second moment of area about an axis and point)
  • Direct normal and shear stress
  • Bending stresses in beams
  • Torsion in thin-walled shafts
·         Principles of displacement, velocity and acceleration
·         Coordinate systems, vectors and vector notation
·         Relative motion
·         Free-body diagrams
·         Conservation of linear momentum (collisions, internal and external forces, impulse, constrained motion)
·         Angular momentum of particles
·        Conservation of angular momentum and rigid bodies (external moments, moments and products of inertia, constrained motion)

Methods of Teaching/Learning

10 hours lectures and tutorials in statics, 10 hours lectures and tutorials in dynamics, and 60 hours independent learning.

Total student learning time 100 hours.



Selected Texts/Journals
Recommended Reading
Cain J and Hulse R, Structural Mechanics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2000. (ISBN 0-333-80457-0)
Gere JM and Goodno BJ, Mechanics of Materials, 7th SI ed, Cengage Learning, 2009. (ISBN 10-0-495-43807-3), or any SI edition
Hibbler RC, Statics, 12th SI ed, Pearson, (ISBN 10-981-06-8134-8), or any SI edition
Gordon JE, Structures or Why Things Don't Fall Down, Da Paco Press. (ISBN 0-306-81283-5)
Meriam, J. L. and Kraige, L. G. Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics, 6th Ed., SI Version (ISBN 978-0-471-78703-7), or any SI edition.
Beer, F. P., Johnston, E. R. and Clausen, W. E. Vector Mechanics for Engineers, 8th SI Ed. (ISBN 978-007-127360-2), or any SI edition.
Last Updated

1st October 2010