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Module Descriptor

MECH2005 Stress Analysis

Code MECH2005
Alt. Code(s)
MECH2013; MECH2014; MECH2018
Title Stress Analysis
Level 2
UCL Credits/ECTs 0.5 / 7.5
End June
Taught by
Dr Gaetano Burriesci (100%) Module Coordinator


Students considering registering for this course would normally be expected to have completed introductory courses in applied mechanics and engineering mathematics, e.g. MECH1008 and MECH1010.

Course Aims

Learning the application of mechanics of materials theories to the analysis of the mechanical behaviour of basic structures subjected to load. Acquire the ability to determine the structure's response to external mechanical actions, the resulting deformations and the state of stress and strain produced into the structure's components. Learn to predict and prevent common forms of structural static failure in basic engineering components.

Method of Instruction

Lecture presentations, tutorial classes and (two) laboratory classes.


The course has the following assessment components:

  • Written Examination (3 hours, 75%)
  • Two Laboratories (25%) one on Beam Buckling (SA1) and one on Plastic Collapse


To pass this course, students must:

  • Obtain an overall pass mark of 40% for all sections combined


  • Benham, P.P. and Crawford, R.J.: Mechanics of engineering materials, Longman Scientific & Technical, 1987.
  • Case, J. and Chilver, A.H.: Strength of Materials and Structures 2nd Edition, Edward Arnold, 1980.
  • Gere, J.M. and Timoshenko, S.P.: Mechanics of Materials, 3rd SI Edition, Chapman and Hall, 1991.
  • Popov, E.P.: Mechanics of Materials, 2nd Edition. Prentice Hall International, 1978.
  • Timoshenko, S.P. and Young, D.H.: Theory of Structures, 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1965.
  • Roark, R.J. and Young, W.C.: Formulas for Stress and Strain, 5th Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1975.
  • Hearn, E.J: Mechanics of Materials 1, 3rd Edition, Butterworth Heinemann, 1997.


Deflections and slopes in beam bending: continuous beams on elastic foundations; beams with lateral and axial loads; plastic theory of collapse for beams; Asymmetric bending of open sectioned thin beams. Energy theorems and methods of analysis. Bucking of elastic beams. Axisymmetric stresses and strains. Membrane stresses. Introductory ideas in structural design.

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