Mechanics 2





Offered by

Mechanical Engineering




The course ME-MEC1 or a course with similar basic skills in statics is completed.

Main purpose

That the student will be able to analyze stresses, strains and deflections in structures in order to assess a machine design in relation to safety against yielding and fracture.


The student will acquire knowledge in methods of analysis and calculation within mechanics in the following subjects:
* Stresses and strains in materials.
* Plane stress with the Mohr diagram, combined load.
* Static failure theories.
* Deflection of beams, statically indeterminate structures.
* Buckling of columns.


Following completion of the course the student will be able to,
* Calculate stresses and strains in materials from axial load, torsional load, bending, and transverse shear.
* Analyses of plane stresses from combined loads of a structure by calculation and by use of Mohr di-agram.
* Dimensioning static loaded machine components and determine the safety factor against static fail-ure
* Calculate deflections of beams by integrating the elastic line equation and by use of superposition and standard figures.
* Calculate reactions in statically indeterminate structures.
* Calculate for buckling of simple columns with a centrical axial load.
* Design and approve static loaded structures.


The student will gain competence to analyze, evaluate and document a mechanical design in relation to its strength.

In addition, the student will have the competence to self-expand his knowledge and skills in mechanics.


Teaching methods and study activities

Class room teaching of course topics combined with exercises.
The student is expected to read the detailed literature and to solve homework between lessons in groups.
4 lessons per week for 12 weeks.
Expected workload for students is 138 hours.
 Study Activity Model
Category 1, Initiated by the lecturer with the participation of lecturer and students: 39 hours – 28%
Category 2: Initiated by lecturer with participation of students: 79 hours – 57 %
Category 3: Initiated by students with participation of students: 20 hours – 15 %
Category 4: Initiated by students with the participation of lecturer and students: 0 hours – 0%



* James M. Gere, Barry J. Goodno; Mechanics of Materials, Latest, edition SI version,; Cangage Learning.
* Ansel C. Ugural: Mechanical Design and Machine Components, Latest edition, SI version.
* Mechanical and Metal Trades Handbook (ISBN 13 978-3-8085-1910-3)




Requirements for attending examination:
Tests in laboratory including a report of app. 3-4 pages accomplished and accepted.
The work must be done in groups of app. four students. The workload is app. 6 hours per student.

Type of examination:
Individual oral examination, based upon solving an assignment found by draw. 
The duration is app. 20 minuts.
No preparation time at the examination. The examination assignments are handed out at least one week before the exam. Examination counts for 100% of the final grade.
External examiner

Allowed tools: None, however books from the cource will be available at the examination room.

As ordinary

Grading criteria

 7-point scale

Additional information



Lars Pedersen

Valid from

2/1/2020 12:00:00 AM

Course type

Mechanical Engineering Classic