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ES3C3 - Planar Structures and Mechanisms

  • Module code: ES3C3
  • Module name: Planar Structures and Mechanisms
  • Department: School of Engineering
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

All engineers accredited by the I.Mech.E. are expected to have a knowledge of the basis of stress analysis and an understanding of how stress, strain and strength affect the design of structures used to support mechanisms. They should also be aware of the dynamical behaviour of some classical cases of mechanisms. This module addresses those requirements.The module concentrates on instilling an appreciation of the physical behaviour of solids that has led to classical linear models rather than on first principle proofs of linear theory. This approach reflects that all but the very simplest analyses will now use computer modelling that can deal with more complex geometrical forms and materials properties. Designers and analysts must nevertheless be able to visualize the behaviour of structures and to apply linear formulae in order to verify whether a particular computer model is appropriate to a particular situation.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Understand the terminology and reasons for using linear elastic theory and apply commonly-used formulations to analyse simple structures; Appreciate some common (idealized) states of stress and strain and the typical failure criteria that arise from them; Predict the torsional behaviour of circular shafts and hence design simple cases; Predict the deflection under load of basic forms of structures such as statically determinate and indeterminate pin-jointed frames and beams; Appreciate the stability requirements for idealized struts and columns; Appreciate the approximations inherent in linear elastic methods and converse with specialists on the use of finite element models; Understand the behaviour of some simple planar mechanisms and calculate the velocities, accelerations and forces associated with their motion; Appreciate how mechanism inertia can lead to shaking forces and calculate how to balance such forces in some important special cases.

Timetabled teaching activities

Autumn. This module includes 30 hours of lectures and 2 hours of examples classes.Required self-study: 118 hours

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/eso/modules/year3/es3c3

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: ES3C3-15)
D (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 20%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 80%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • BEng Mechanical Engineering (H310) - Year 3
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering (H311) - Year 3
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (H312) - Year 3
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Intercalated Year (H312) - Year 4
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (H313) - Year 3
  • MEng Mechanical Engineering with Year in Research (H313) - Year 4
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • BEng Engineering (H106) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering (H107) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Intercalated Year (H109) - Year 4
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 3
  • MEng Engineering with Year in Research (H110) - Year 4