2020 Mechanics of strength

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Undergraduate major in Transdisciplinary Science and Engineering
Inaba Kazuaki  Takahashi Kunio  Akita Daisuke 
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Course description and aims

This course aim to teach the basics of Mechanics of Strength as an advanced course of Solid Mechanics and Structure Engineering. Topics include generalized stress and strain, elasticity and plasticity, and deformation and fracture of materials.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1. understand stress and strain and acquire basic knowledge related to failure and fracture
2. understand the characteristics of strength and explain past accidents from a mechanical point of view


stress, strain, failure, fracture

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 will be given exercise problems or group work related to what was taught on that day.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 What is mechanics of strength? Stress and strain Understand generalized stress and strain
Class 2 Basics of Elasticity Understand basics of Elasticity
Class 3 Basics of Plasticity Understand basics of Plasticity
Class 4 Mechanics of failure and fracture Learn Mechanics of failure and fracture
Class 5 Characteristics of strength Explain characteristics of strength
Class 6 Fatigue strength, Case study Understand Fatigue strength through case study
Class 7 High temperature strength, Environmental strength Understand high temperature strength and environmental strength

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.



Reference books, course materials, etc.

A First Course in Continuum Mechanics 2nd Ed., Y. C. Fung, Prentice-Hall, Inc.
Failure of Materials in Mechanical Design: Analysis, Prediction, Prevention, Jack A. Collins, John Wiley & Sons.

Assessment criteria and methods

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

Related courses

  • TSE.A202 : Solid Mechanics and Structure Engineering

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

Students have taken Solid Mechanics and Structure Engineering.

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