2016 Fundamentals of Mechanics of Materials S

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Undergraduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Kishimoto Kikuo  Inaba Kazuaki 
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Course description and aims

This course aims to teach students of non-mechanical engineering course basics of strength of materials to learn how to consider problems from the mechanical perspective. Topics include mechanical properties, stress and complicated stress, bending, twisting, strain energy, impact loading, buckling, stress concentration, plastic deformation and creep, fatigue and fracture, and nondestructive testing methods.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
1. be able to explain the mechanical properties of materials
2. be able to calculate stress, strain, and deformation by external forces and moments
3. be able to explain mechanical behavior of materials which are necessary to design, produce, and maintain machines


stress, strain, moment

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Role of strength of materials, force and stress Understand role of strength of materials, force and stress.
Class 2 Stress and strain, mechanical properties, allowable stress and safety factor Understand stress and strain, mechanical properties, allowable stress and safety factor.
Class 3 Tension and compression of bar Students must calculate stress, strain, elongation in tension and compression of bar.
Class 4 Torsion of bar Students must calculate stress, strain, deformation in torsion of bar.
Class 5 Bending of beam Students must calculate stress, strain, deformation in bending of beam.
Class 6 Energy methods Understand energy methods
Class 7 Material strength and fracture Understand material strength and fracture


JSME Textbook Series. Mechanics of Materials. The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, ISBN-13: 978-4888981583 (Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Tomoaki Tsuji, Nattoku suru Zairyo Rikigaku, Kodansha, ISBN-13: 978-4061545397 (Japanese)

Assessment criteria and methods

Students' course scores are based on exercise problems (35%) and report (65%).

Related courses

  • LAS.P101 : Fundamentals of Mechanics 1
  • LAS.P102 : Fundamentals of Mechanics 2

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There is Web learning plaza (http://weblearningplaza.jst.go.jp/). See basic knowledge course of strength of materials. (Japanese)

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