Course Title: Solid Mechanics and Materials 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Solid Mechanics and Materials 1

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013

Course Coordinator: Dr Akbar Afaghi Khatibi

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 6105

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East / City

Course Coordinator Availability: City :Thursdays: 4:30-5:30pm, Fridays: 5:30-6:30pm

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To successfully complete this course, students should have the ability to solve fundamental problems in Statics, as well as have a basic knowledge of forces applied to the solid bodies, concept of equilibrium and free-body diagrams. Students are required to have successfully completed the course MIET2097 – Engineering Mechanics, equivalent course or provide evidence of equivalent capabilities.

Course Description

This subject is designed to enable students upon completion of the course to be able to apply the basic theoretical principles of solid mechanics as well as an introductory understanding of materials engineering. The topics covered in solid mechanics include analysis of the strength of materials (Stress and Strain), Properties of areas, Principal Axes and Principal Moments of inertia, Diagrams of internal loading for beams and frames, Tension and compression, Design for Strength and Stiffness, Strain energy, Torsion, Statically indeterminate structures, Engineering theory of bending, and Design of beams for Strength. Topics covered in materials include major types of engineering materials, with emphasis on aluminium alloys, titanium alloys, magnesium alloys, steels, nickel alloys and composite materials. The course also introduces students to the basic engineering approach of materials selection, and describes the key engineering properties of materials.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students will gain or improve capabilities in:

Theoretical knowledge: knowledge of engineering properties of materials; fundamental concepts of stress and strain, strength and stiffness, deformations and displacements, strain energy, and load carrying capacity.
Technical ability: with its emphasis on problem solving and laboratory work, this course prepares students to be able to analyse the man-made and natural mechanical structures or structural systems.
Critical analysis and problem solving: students will use conceptual models in conjunction with established theory to analyse and solve problems.
Communication and working in teams: student capabilities will be improved through the presentation of written reports and group work in laboratory projects.
Expectation and capacity to undertake lifelong learning
Ability to use appropriate techniques and resources
General knowledge necessary to understand the place of engineering in society
Proficiency in engineering design
Ability to conduct an engineering project
Ability to manage information and documentation
Capacity for creativity and innovation


On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

• Analyse the behaviour of the solid bodies subjected to various types of loading;
• Apply knowledge of materials and structural elements to the analysis of simple structures;
• Undertake problem identification, formulation and solution using a range of analytical methods;
• Analyse and interpret laboratory data relating to behaviour of structures and the materials they are made of, and undertake associated laboratory work individually and in teams.

Overview of Learning Activities

1.Lectures and class discussions
3.Laboratory experiments and demonstrations
4.Independent research and assignment work

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through the Learning Hub (also known as online@RMIT) and will be provided with copies of additional materials in class. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. Students will also use laboratory equipment and computer software within the School during project and assignment work.

Prescribed and reference texts are described in detail on the Part B Course Guide.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment may  include : class tests/quizzes, assignments/projects, laboratory reports and an end of semester exam.