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Static Mechanics and Energy Methods

Mechanical science is fundamental for all the main streams within the Applied Engineering Programme. This is an incredibly broad field and provides the engineer with an extensive understanding in a number of different areas.

In general, Mechanical Engineers work to design and analyse systems. Understanding and employing mechanical laws would be an inevitable step towards any engineering analysis. By applying the mechanical science principles such as forces and moments, motion, energy and materials, an engineer can design new products and/or optimise existing products that are safe, efficient, reliable and cost effective.

This module provides an overview of basic and fundamental mechanical principles which will be required, not only for technical mechanical design, but also for the systematic evaluation and analysis of the engineering issues.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand and analytically simulate a mechanical system
  • Apply force vectors and couples in free body diagrams and construct the static equilibrium, to determine boundary reactions
  • Understand the degrees of freedom and be able to figure out for different mechanical systems
  • Understand the concepts of isotropic materials versus anisotropic materials
  • Comprehend the material properties as Young’s modulus, Poisson’s ration and Shear modulus and the relationship between them
  • Calculate the internal stress resultants acting at positions within a component to calculate normal and shear stresses
  • Be able to set up a beam model and analyse internal shear forces and bending moments
  • Understand and comprehend the general bending formula for beam and be able to calculate the bending stress
  • Understand the nature, importance and applications of thermofluids in industry
  • Understand term and concepts used in thermofluids including types of systems and their conditions, ideal gas properties, processes, ideal gas law
  • Apply the First Law of Thermodynamics on closed and open systems related to engineering applications
  • Understand the principles of fluid motion and the steady-flow energy equation applied to incompressible flows (the Bernoulli equation)


Five days, Monday - Friday