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Static Mechanics and Energy Methods

Module aims:

  • This module is aligned academically and chronologically to the engineering mathematics, electrical/electronic systems and design module in order to deliver an holistic learning experience.
  • As a fundamental subject in engineering context; the intention of this module is to give an overview of different concepts in mechanical science and how to employ them in order to solve mechanical and manufacturing engineering problems.
  • Students need to understand fundamental mechanical laws and principles and develop their problem solving skills enabling simulation of the engineering problems by Mathematical/Physical and analytical approaches for mechanical and manufacturing systems.

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

Static Mechanics

  • Understand and analytically simulate a mechanical system Apply force vectors and couples in free body diagrams.
  • Construct the static equilibrium, to determine boundary reactions Calculate the internal stress resultants acting at positions within basic component geometries to calculate normal and shear stresses.
  • Understand the shear force and bending moment diagrams in a beam under point and/or distributed loads.
  • Understand the bending stress and general bending formula for beam analysis.

Energy Methods

  • To achieve an understanding of the science of thermodynamics.
  • To be able to apply this understanding to basic engineering systems.
  • Understand properties and types of thermodynamic systems and processes; mechanical work and power; the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics and definitions of temperature, heat, heat capacity and energy storage.
  • Understand the fundamentals of the laws of thermodynamics and how they can be used to both design, and assess the performance of engineering power systems.
  • Apply the First law of thermodynamics to closed and open systems and calculate the performance of thermodynamic systems.
  • Apply the Second law of thermodynamics and perform analysis of the Carnot cycle.
  • Understand and analyse the efficient operating condition of heat pumps as well as heat exchangers.
  • Relate various industrial problems with the basic concepts of thermodynamics; contemplate the applications of energy methods in appropriate industrial sectors.