Course Title: Advanced Mechanics of Solids

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Mechanics of Solids

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


115H Aerospace, Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering


Sem 2 2016


City Campus


172H School of Engineering


Sem 2 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Monir Takla

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6094

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora East Campus 251.03.32

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to expand your knowledge and skills in the field of linear and non-linear mechanics of solids and its application to structural analysis, machine design and material processing. The influence of non-linearity on the behaviour of structures will be addressed. You will be equipped with essential analytical skills that have a particular bearing on your professional practice as a mechanical engineer. On completion of this course you should have sufficient knowledge of the mechanics of solids to enable you to solve advanced practical problems.

The course will specifically address the following topics: Tensor algebra, 3D stress and strain tensors, 3D stress and strain transformation and principal stresses and strains, hydrostatic and deviatoric stress components, their significance and effect on distortion, conditions of plane stress and plane strain, equilibrium equations, compatibility equations, elastic behaviour, plastic behaviour including yield criteria and flow rules, the concepts of equivalent stress and equivalent plastic strain, and applications of plasticity  e.g. beam bending, buckling and thick-walled cylinders. These topics are important for mechanical design applications and also finite element non-linear analysis.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following program learning outcomes:

3. Analysis

  • Apply underpinning natural, physical and engineering sciences, mathematics, statistics, computer and information sciences
  • Comprehend and apply advanced theory-based understanding of engineering fundamentals and specialist bodies of knowledge in the selected discipline area to predict the effect of engineering activities.

5. Research

  • Be aware of knowledge development and research directions within the engineering discipline.
  • Develop creative and innovative solutions to engineering challenges
  • Assess, acquire and apply the competencies and resources appropriate to engineering activities


Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply non-linear solid mechanics theory to solve advanced practical problems in structural analysis, machine design and material processing.
  2. Evaluate the influence of non-linearity on the behaviour of engineering materials and its impact in various mechanical engineering scenarios and contexts.
  3. Critically assess the applicability of advanced non-linear computational design tools and utilise these in engineering contexts.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities in this course will include:

1. Formal lectures

2. Problem-solving tutorials

3. Home study

Overview of Learning Resources

Course-related resources will be provided on Blackboard, which is accessed through myRMIT. This can include lecture material, practical examples, and there is a prescribed textbook and several recommended references for this course.

Overview of Assessment

X This course has no hurdle requirements.

☐ All hurdle requirements for this course are indicated clearly in the assessment regime that follows, against the relevant assessment task(s) and all have been approved by the College Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor (Learning & Teaching).


Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Weekly exercises
Weighting of final grade: 20%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 2: Mid-semester test
Weighting of final grade: 30%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Assessment Task 3: Final exam
Weighting of final grade: 50%
Related course learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3