Course Title: Analyse force systems (advanced)

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2012

Course Code: CIVE5675

Course Title: Analyse force systems (advanced)

School: 130T Vocational Engineering

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6093 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Design

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

EDX130B – Use technical mathematics (basic)
EDX140B – Use technical mathematics (advanced)
EDX100B – Analyse force systems (basic)

Course Description

This unit covers the competency to extend basic skills and knowledge in calculating forces, moments and stresses to AQF level 5. It brings the level of competency in force and stress analysis to that needed to commence design calculations in either the mechanical or structural field using Australian and/or ISO Design Standards.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

EDX190B Analyse force systems (advanced)


1. Solve problems using the laws of dry sliding friction.

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Problems are solved using the laws of dry sliding friction for objects on horizontal and vertical planes
1.2 Problems are solved using the laws of dry sliding friction that involve the use of moment equations


10. Use Johnson or Euler equations to determine buckling loads

Performance Criteria:

10.1 The column is analysed to determine whether the Johnson or Euler equation can be used
10.2 End fixing conditions are analysed to determine the effective length
10.3 The buckling load is calculated


11. Determine the thermal stress in single members caused by restraint and changes in temperature

Performance Criteria:

11.1 Calculations are carried out to determine thermal stress in simple members caused by full or partial restraint and changes in temperature


2. Determine support reactions for determinate structures.

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Free Body Diagrams  are drawn of loaded structures showing the support reactions
2.2 The support with a reaction in a known direction is recognised and the direction shown on the Free Body Diagram
2.3 Support reactions (magnitude and direction) are determined using the laws of equilibrium


3. Determine the internal forces acting on members of a pin jointed truss.

Performance Criteria:

3.1 A variety of recognised methods are used to determine the internal forces acting on all members of simple 2D pin-jointed truss
3.2 Tension and compression members are differentiated


4. Determine the pin reactions of a pin jointed frame.

Performance Criteria:

4.1 The Method of Members is used to determine the forces acting on the pins of a simple 2D pin-jointed frame or machine


5. Determine pin and support reactions for a simple noncoplanar non-concurrent force system

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Given a range of simple 3D shaft or trapdoor systems, the magnitude of the components of the forces at supports, pins or hinges is determined


6. Determine bolt sizes or number of bolts required for simple bolted connections.

Performance Criteria:

6.1 The appropriate cross-sectional area from a standard bolt data table is used in calculations
6.2 Calculations are completed to determine the size or number of bolts required for simple bolted connections


7. Determine the nominal weld size or length of weld required on simple welded connections

Performance Criteria:

7.1 Calculations are completed to determine the size and length of welds for simple welded connections subjected to direct shear only


8. Determine wall thickness in thin walled cylinders subjected to pressure

Performance Criteria:

8.1 The equations for hoop stress and longitudinal stress are used to calculate stresses in thin-walled vessels subject to pressure
8.2 The equations for hoop stress and longitudinal stress are used to determine the required minimum wall thickness for thin walled vessels
8.3 A factor of safety is applied in calculations involving thin walled vessels subject to pressure


9. Calculate shaft size and angle of twist for simple circular shafts subject to torques

Performance Criteria:

9.1 The torsional shear stress formula is used to calculate torsional shear stress and angle of twist in a circular shaft for a given torque load
9.2 Torque distribution diagrams are sketched to determine maximum torque for shafts involving several power take-off points
9.3 The torsional shear formula is used to calculate the nominal diameter of a simple circular shaft for a given torque load
9.4 A shaft size is calculated for a simple shaft to meet a requirement for maximum stress or maximum angle of twist

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities are listed in Learning Guide on the BlackBoard

Teaching Schedule

The teaching schedule appears under Course Information on the BlackBoard

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

Engineering Mechanics, Val Ivanoff

0 07 470239 4


Structural Mechanics, Nageim/Durka/Morgan/Williams

0 582 43165 4

Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment are conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set out in the National Training Package. Students are required to undertake summative assessments that bring together knowledge and skills. To successfully complete this course you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment tasks detailed under the Assessment Task Section.

Your assessment for this course will be marked using the following table:

NYC (<50%) Not Yet Competent

CAG (50-59%) Competent - Pass

CC (60-69%) Competent - Credit

CDI (70-79%) Competent - Distinction

CHD (80-100%) Competent - High Distinction

Assessment Tasks

The assessment matrix below refers to the topics shown in the teaching schedule. These topics encompass all of the elements shown above.
In keeping with the competency-based method of assessment, you must demonstrate competency in each element.

Assessment Matrix

Topics Assessment Weighting When
2 (Trusses)             Unit test 15% Completion of topic
1,3,4 Mid-semester exam 40% Week 8
5,6,7 End of semester exam 45% Week 16

Other Information

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* English language development

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Late submission:
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Assignments submitted late without approval of an extension will not be accepted nor marked.

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