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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG3071 Module Title: ADVANCED STRESS ANALYSIS
Module Provider: Mechanical, Medical & Aero Engineering Short Name: SE3306
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: CROCOMBE AD Prof (M, M & A Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Autumn Semester
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment



Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)


Unseen examination






Tutorial assessment






Qualifying Condition(s) 



A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module









Module Overview

As engineers it Is important to avoid structure or component failure due to overloading or excessive deflection and stress analysis is the way of assessing such conditions. This module extends the stress analysis delivered in earlier years to cover advanced topics to provide the student with a comprehensive range of skills. This includes increased complexity due to component shape (non-symmetric sections, composite materials and plates) and stresses caused by loading conditions not previously considered in detail (torsion and shear forces).


Completion of Modules ENG2026 and (ENG2032 or ENG2033)

Module Aims

To complete the strength and stiffness analyses of previous courses by considering other forms of commonly encountered structures and structural loading.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the module, you will  be able to: estimate the strength and stiffness of a representative range of structures subject to static loading

Module Content

Asymmetric bending of beams:



Product 2nd moment of area



Symmetric section, asymmetric loading



Asymmetric section





Torsion of non-circular sections:



Thin closed tubes - stress, twist and warping



Open straight thin walled sections - stress and twist



Combined open and closed sections - stress and twist



Thin walled cellular structures - stress and twist





Shearing of thin walled sections:



Open sections - shear distribution and shear centre



Closed sections - shear distribution and shear centre





Composite laminates:



Constitutive equations for a single lamina



In-plane laminate analysis



Tsai-Hill failure criteria





Axisymmetric plates:



Moment-deflection-stress relationships



General deflection equation



Displacement and stresses for various boundary conditions



Annular plates

Methods of Teaching/Learning

24 hrs lectures, 12hrs tutorials 2 hrs examination and 62 hours independent learning time.



Total student learning time 100 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Recommended reading:


Main text


Benham PP, Crawford and Armstrong,"Mechanics of Engineering Materials", Longman Sci.


Subsidiary texts


Ross CTF, "Advanced Applied Stress Analysis", Ellis Horwood


Rees DWA, "Mechanics of Solids and Structures", McGraw-Hill


Hearn EJ, "Mechanics of Materials, vol 2", Pergammon Press


Essential reading




Required reading




Last Updated

1 October 2010