Course Title: Analyse force systems (advanced)

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2016

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

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Anita Mehmi
School of Vocational Engineering, Health and Sciences (SVEHS)
Tel +61 3 99252011
Fax +61 3 9925 4377


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

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)


01. 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 inclined planes.
1.2 Problems are solved using the laws of dry sliding friction that involve the use of moment equations.


02. 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 & direction) are determined, using the principles of equilibrium.


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

Performance Criteria:

3.1 A variety of recognized methods are used to determine the internal forces acting on all members of simple two-dimensional pinjointed trusses.
3.2 Tension and compression members are differentiated.


04. 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 two-dimensional pin jointed frame or machine.


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

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Given a range of simple three-dimensional shaft or trapdoor systems, the magnitude of the components of the forces at supports, pins or hinges is determined.


06. 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.


07. 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.


08. 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 subjected to pressure.


09. 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 takeoff 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.


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.

Learning Outcomes

Refer to the Elements

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities are listed in the Learning Guide (under Course Content) and also in the Teaching Schedule (Course Information) on the BlackBoard.

Teaching Schedule


Week Topic Delivered Elements /
Performance Criteria
1 - 2
1.1, 1.2
3 - 6
Frames and trusses
2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 5.1
7 - 8
Connections  6.1, 6.2, 7.1
1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1
Exam 1
1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 5.1, 6.1, 6.2, 7.1
Pressure vessels
8.1, 8.2, 8.3
Torque in shafts
9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4
13 - 14
10.1, 10.2, 10.3
Thermal stresses
8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 11.1
17 - 18
Exam 2
8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3, 11.1

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

This is a competency-based course and competency must be demonstrated for each element (shown above) to achieve competency for the course.
The elements and performance criteria are contained within the topics as listed in the teaching schedule on the BlackBoard.
Each topic will be assessed using the form of assessment and weighting shown below.
Please note that the topics listed in the assessment matrix below refer to the topics in the learning guide and teaching schedule and do not refer to the elements shown above.
Assignment task will require a student to demonstrate that all the tutorial problems have been genuinely attempted and need to be submitted as evidence of the work done in order to receive the allocated marks.

Assessment Matrix

Topics (as in the Learning Guide) Elements Assessment Weighting When
Friction, Frames & Trusses & Connections            1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Journal 1  10 %

2 -8

Friction, Frames & Trusses & Connections 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Exam 1 40 % Week 10
Pressure vessels, Torque, Columns & Thermal Stresses  7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Journal 2  10 % Week
Pressure vessels, Torque, Columns & Thermal Stresses 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Exam 2 40 % Week 17



         EDX190B Elements & performance criteria
Assessments 1.1 1.2 2.1 2.2 2.3 3.1 3.2 4.1 5.1 6.1 6.2 7.1 8.1 8.2 8.3 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 10.1 10.2 10.3  11.1
Journal 1 X X X X X X X X X  X  X  X                      
Exam 1 X X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X X X X                      
Journal 2                         X X X X X X X X X X X
Exam 2                         X X X X X X X X X X X

Other Information

Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities. The estimated time is minimum 20 hours outside the class time.

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• Relevant
• Current
• Satisfies the learning/competency outcomes of the course

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