2019 Fundamentals of Mechanics of Materials S

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Undergraduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Inaba Kazuaki  Sakaguchi Motoki 
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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

Corresponding educational goals are:
(1) Specialist skills: Fundamental specialist skills
(4) Applied skills (inquisitive thinking and/or problem-finding skills) Organization and analysis
(7) Skills acquiring a wide range of expertise, and expanding it into more advanced and other specialized areas


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 Stress and strain Understanding the roles of mechanics of materials, and explain what is stress and strain.
Class 2 Mechanical properties, allowable stress and safety factor Understand fundamental mechanical properties, allowable stress and safety factor.
Class 3 Tension ,compression and thermal stress Calculate stress, strain, and elongation in tension and compression of bar.
Class 4 Torsion of bar Calculate stress, strain and deformation in torsion of bar.
Class 5 Bending of beam Calculate stress distribution in bending beam.
Class 6 Deflection of beam Calculate deflection of beam based on the bending stress.
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 the final exam (70%) and reports (30%).

Related courses

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

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)



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

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