Course Title: Stress 1

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2011

Course Code: AERO5390

Course Title: Stress 1

School: 130T Engineering (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6011 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Aerospace)

Course Contact : Steven Bevan

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4137

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Amir R Zokaei-Fard            

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

MATH5156 Aerospace Mathematics 1
ONPS5098 Aerospace Physics 1

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to provide training in Aerospace Engineering Structural analysis concepts and computations.
This course provides an introduction to the basic tools used in the mechanics of solids, engineering analysis and the development of skills required to apply these to the analysis and design of engineering structures.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VBH732 Stress 1

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the engineering concepts of stress and strain.
2. State and explain aspects of two dimensional force systems and perform related calculations.
3. State and explain concepts relating to the forces involved in a state of equilibrium in two dimensions, and perform related calculations.
4. Analyse the forces within statically determinate beam.
5. Calculate the support reactions and forces in the members of plane frames and machines.
6. Analyse a statically determinate truss to measure truss member forces.
7. Resolve three dimensional force systems.
8. Determine conditions of equilibrium in three dimensional force systems.
9. Calculate the forces within a loaded statically determinate space frame.

Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities in this course are designed to equip students with knowledge and skills in applying the principles of static equilibrium to calculate the support reactions of determinate structures, internal forces in plane frames and trusses, internal forces in determinate beams, analyse 3D frames and trusses and determine the second moment of area and the product of moment area for structure members with various cross sections.

The course will be using a number of means such as lectures, reading tasks and assignments to achieve these objectives.

Lecture: The lectures are 200 minutes long- with two 20 minutes breaks in between- and take place once a week. We lecture mainly using Microsoft® PowerPoint slides, but enhance the material with some active learning exercises.
Readings: The readings will use the recommended textbooks and give an overview of the published literature in the field. Normally readings are assigned at the end of each lecture in preparation of the next lecture.
Assignments: The assignments will challenge the students and ensure that participants apply and deepen the theoretical knowledge from the lectures.

Teaching Schedule

Week 1: Preliminary: Vector operations of forces; the equilibrium concept and creating a Free-Body Diagram (FBD)
Week 2: Introduction to statics: Calculation of support reactions of statically determinate beams, frames and trusses
Week 3: Tutorial
Week 4: Tutorial- compound beams
Week 5: Calculation of forces in the members of plane frames, trusses and machines by the methods of section and joints
Week 6: Tutorial
Week 7: Tutorial
Week 8: Internal forces developed in statically determinate beams and method of construction of shear force and bending moment diagrams
Week 9: Tutorial
Week 10: Tutorial
Week 11: Analysis of three dimensional frames and trusses
Week 12: Introduction to stress analysis: Calculation of the second moment of area and the product of moment of area
Week 13: Tutorial
Week 14: Tutorial and Review
Week 15: Examination

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No text book is prescribed for this course, however, other related resources such as study guides, problem sheets and formula sheets generated by the course lecturer and approved links to useful material on external web-sites will be provided on the RMIT Distributed Learning System (DLS).


Megson, Thomas .G.H., Structural and Stress Analysis, , 2nd Edition, Elsevier (Butterworth Heinemann), 2005
Meriam, Kraige & Palm, William J, Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 6th Edition, John Wiley & Sons, 2008
Beer, F.E. & Johnston, R. & Eisenberg, E.,Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics, 8th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 2007
Hibbler, Russel C., Engineering Mechanics; Statics, 11th Edition, Pearson, 2007

Other Resources

Shames, Irvin .H., Engineering Mechanics: Statics, 4th Edition, Prentice Hall, 1996
Shames, Irvin H. & Pittaresi, James M., Introduction to Solid Mechanics, Prentice Hall, 2000
Kinsky, Roger, Engineering Mechanics and Strength of Materials, McGraw-Hill, 1986
Ivanoff, val, Engineering Mechanics, McGraw-Hill, 1996
Hibbler, Russel C., Statics and Mechanis of Materials, 2nd Edition, Pearson, 2004

Overview of Assessment

To successfully to complete this course the student is required to pass written assessment tasks and demonstrate skills and ability by completing practical tasks to aerospace standards.

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed in various ways to ensure you meet the requirements of the course. Your ability to explain the principles of various topics and apply the equilibrium principles to various types of structures will be tested through individual assignments and exam works. Successful graduation from the course is achieved when the student attains at least 50% of total mark AND his/her exam mark is NOT less than 35 (out of 70).

Assessment Matrix

This course will be assessed based on the results of 2 assignments and one written exam. Contribution of each task towards the final result is as follows:

Contribution to class discussions: 5%
Assignment No. 1: 15%
Assignment No. 2: 10%
Examination: 70%
Four Home works
NOTE: This homework will NOT be marked and will NOT carry any mark towards the final result. However, it can affect the final result of those students whose total mark for the course finishes up between 44 and 49.

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