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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: ENG3142
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MULLORD P Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment


Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)


Unseen examination




Qualifying Condition(s)


An overall mark of 40% is required to pass the module.


Module Overview


This module will operate at MEng level and is a compulsory module for MEng students; BEng students are welcome to take this module as an option and should be able to cope with the material, provided they have achieved above 40% in ENG1001, ENG1008, ENG2002 and ENG2016 (or equivalent modules).

Module Aims

To study some aspects of engineering mechanics with an emphasis on the theoretical and mathematical background.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:


Deal with vectors and tensors.


Deal with 2D and 3D elasticity including yield criteria.


Deal with elastic plate theory and torsion of beams.

Module Content

Scalars, Vectors and Tensors: 2D and 3D Cartesian tensors, transformation of axes, principal values and invariants.


Plane stress:  Equilibrium, compatibility, material rules, simple solutions, visualisation of stress fields.


Plate theory: bending and twisting moments, curvature and twist, equilibrium equation, simple solutions, boundary conditions.


3D Elasticity: Yield criteria.


Beam theory:  Distortion and warping, torsion of solid and thin wall sections.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorial classes, and 64 hours independent learning.


Total student learning time 100 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Ugural AC and Fenster SK, Advanced Strength and Applied Elasticity  (SI version), Prentice Hall, 1994.  (ISBN 01313 7589X)

Last Updated
13 October 2009