Course Title: Apply principles of strength of materials to engineering problems

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: MIET6043

Course Title: Apply principles of strength of materials to engineering problems

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6069 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

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Nominal Hours: 60

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

None. Some of the skills & knowledge requirement will be covered in other competencies, such as in VBP263 Implement basic materials science principles to engineering applications; or equivalent.

Course Description

This unit of competency sets out the knowledge and skills required to apply principles of strength of materials to standard engineering problems. This includes stress strain, deformation, and properties of sections, shear force and testing.

No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of publication. However, practice in this unit is subject to regulations directly related to occupational health and safety and where applicable contracts of training such as apprenticeships and traineeships.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBP232 Apply principles of strength of materials to engineering problems


1. Identify the requirements for determining material strength

2. Select the appropriate testing regime

3. Undertake materials testing

4 Verify and interpret results

Performance Criteria:

1. OH&S and environmental requirements for a given work area obtained and understood 
2.  Established OH&S requirements and risk control measures and procedures in preparation for the work area are followed.
3.  Safety hazards which have not previously been identified are documented and risk control measures devised and implemented in consultation with appropriate personnel.
4. The strength of materials task is determined through request, design briefs or equivalent and clarified with appropriate personnel.
5.  Where appropriate expert advice is sought with respect to the strength of material task and according to enterprise procedures.
6. Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is coordinated effectively with others involved at the work site.
7.  Resources and equipment needed for the task are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures and checked for correct operation and safety.

8.OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
9.Industry codes, regulations and technical documentation relevant to the strength of materials task are interpreted and understood.
10. Where appropriate, tables and graphs are used to obtain computational data.
11. The appropriate assumptions underlying the strength of materials are made and recorded.
12. Resources required are identified, obtained and checked as fit for the purpose.
13. The most appropriate computational method is selected and can be justified.

Undertake materials testing.

1.OH&S requirements for carrying out the work are followed.
2. Strength of materials test is performed and results recorded.
3. Decisions for dealing with unexpected situations are made based on discussions with appropriate personnel, job specifications and enterprise procedures.
4. Methods of dealing with unexpected situations are selected on the basis of safety and specified work outcomes.

Verify and interpret results

1. OH&S requirements for completing the work are followed.
2. Equipment and tools used with this task are maintained and stored in accordance with enterprise procedures.
3. Where appropriate results are graphed or charted.
4. Results are interpreted, verified and discussed with appropriate personnel.

Learning Outcomes


Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities for this course include face-to- face lectures, tutorials and sample design calculation. The basic theoretical background will be explained in the lectures and various real world engineering problems will be discussed and analysed in the lectures and tutorials. 

Teaching Schedule

Topic Element

Session No TopicElement of Competency
 1 Introduction to Courses, Books, Assessment, etc; Revision of 2D & 3DnormalnormalelasticityproportionalbeambeamtorsionstressesstressesMAIN Force Systems. Definitions of Basic Stress & Strain. 1-4
 2Normal Stress – Tension & Compression; Shear Stress; Bulk Stress  1-4
 3Normal Strain – Tension & Compression; Shear & Volumetric Strain  1-4
 4Elasticity: Young’s, Shear & Bulk Moduli, Poisson’s Ratio 1-4
 5Proportional Limit, Yield and Ultimate Stress, Factor of Safety & Allowable Stress. unit test -1  1-4
 6Beam Theory – Shear Force & Bending Moment Diagrams  1-4
 7Beam Theory – Centroids, Second Moment of Area & Radius of Gyration. Beam Theory – Calculation of Bending Stresses(Engineer’s Bending equation)
 8Torsion of Circular Shafts – Calculation of Shear Stress, Angle of Twist. (Engineer’s Torsion Equation) Torsion of Non- Circular Shafts 1-4
 9Stresses and Strains in Thin-Walled Pressure Vessels – Cylinders and Spheres (Longitudinal & Hoop Stresses and Strains, Change in Volume). Handing out of assignment  1-4
 10Stresses and Strains in Thin-Walled Pressure Vessels – Cylinders and Spheres (Longitudinal & Hoop Stresses and Strains, Change in Volume) - 1-4

Learning Resources

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Other Resources

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Overview of Assessment

A person who demonstrates competency in this unit must be able to apply concepts of strength of materials to problems of strength and stability of structures and mechanical components. This includes stress, strain, deformation, properties of sections and shear force. Competency in this unit cannot be claimed until all prerequisites have been satisfied.

Assessment Tasks

1. Written Assignment

2. Unit Test

3.Main exam

4. Lab - Practical.

Assessment Matrix

1. Practical Lab - 10 % - Covering element no 9 and 10 of Required Skill and Knowledge. If you have competent in VBP 263 Implement basic materials science principles to Engineering applications (PROC 5230) that taught in First semester in first year, You will be given this 10% . OtherwiseTest will be conducted at another mutually agreed time.

2. Written assignment -1- 10% Covering element no 1,2, 3 and 5 of Required Skill and Knowledge

3. Unit Test -30 % (under Closed Book exam.) Covering element no 1,2, 4 and 5 of Required Skill and Knowledge

4. MAIN EXAM -50 % (under Closed Book exam.) .Covering element no 1,2, 3,4,5,6,7 and 8 of Required Skill and Knowledge

Other Information

Tests are conducted under closed book conditions, formula sheets and / or extracts of reference material will be provided as appropriate. In order to pass this competency the learner must obtain a 50% of marks in combination of Unit test 1 and Main Exam. Please refer The course calender handouts for more detail. Student should clearly demonstrate how the problem solving techniques used in the test to score full marks.

Thermal stress will be covered in conjuction with VBP 283 APPLY PRINCIPLES OF MECHANICS TO ENGINEERING STRUCTURES (MIET7300)

Marks will basedon how neat, clear description and presentation of your assessment. To be successful, it is necessary to present the work in a logical and orderly manner as suggested by the following sequence of steps
a. Read the problem carefully and try to correlate the actual physical situation with the theory you have studied.
b. Draw any necessary diagrams and tabulate the problem data.
c. Establish coordinate system or moment/force diagram and apply the relevant principles and formulas, generally in mathematical form.
d. Solve the necessary equations algebraically as far as practical; then, use a consistent set of units and complete the solution numerically. Report the answer clearly with its units of measurement. Answering like “Use of Calculator arrived the result like.” will not be acceptable.
e. Study the answer using technical judgment and review the problem

Study and learning Support:

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Disability Liaison Unit:

Students with disability or long-term medical condition should contact Disability Liaison Unit to seek advice and
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Late submission:

Students requiring extensions for 7 calendar days or less (from the original due date) must complete and lodge an Application for Extension of Submittable Work (7 Calendar Days or less) form and lodge it with the Senior Educator/ Program
The application must be lodged no later than one working day before the official due date. The student will be notified within no more than 2 working days of the date of lodgment as to whether the extension has been granted.

Students seeking an extension of more than 7 calendar days (from the original due date) must lodge an Application for Special Consideration form under the provisions of the Special Consideration Policy, preferably prior to, but no later than 2 working days fter the official due date.

Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted or marked.

Special consideration:

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Other Information:

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Main exam and Unit Test will be conducted under closed book conditions.

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