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Unit information: Engineering Science 2: Structures, Materials, and Mechanics in 2020/21

Unit name Engineering Science 2: Structures, Materials, and Mechanics
Unit code MENG10007
Credit points 30
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Peel
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit will teach fundamental knowledge in the areas of materials, mechanics and structures, required of a student before they can move to the second year. They will be taught the tools and methods of problem-solving in engineering contexts. In order to help students navigate the course, it will mainly be structured as internally consistent sections covering classic application areas in engineering. Common areas of knowledge and similarities in approaches will be emphasised and there will be opportunities to solve multidisciplinary problems.

Materials: The determination and use of physical and mechanical properties of common engineering materials, the link between processing and properties, selecting the appropriate material for different applications.

Mechanics: The motion of particles and rigid bodies under applied loads and how this can be described. Newton's laws of motion are analysed and expanded into the concepts of work, energy, and linear and angular momentum.

Structures: The analysis of how static components carry applied loads. The concepts of forces, moments and equilibrium are developed along with methods for determining how components deform and their maximum load carrying capacity.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this unit student will be able to:

1. Provide concise descriptions of key engineering terms and concepts and correctly identify when they apply to scenarios and problems.

2. Recall and apply fundamental mathematical techniques to more complex or layered problems of engineering significance.

3. Interpret problems and determine the correct path to the solution even when presented in an unfamiliar context.

4. Construct appropriate diagrams to aid in the solution of problems with clear annotations and supported by appropriate discussion.

5. Infer the assumptions and physical principles pertinent to a given engineering problem.

6. Execute calculations to determine quantities in correct SI units and present the results to an appropriate degree of precision. 7

7. Critique the solution to problems - accounting for simplifications, known limitations on methods and any experimental or observational data available.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, problem sheets and self-directed exercises.

Assessment Details

There will be a single summative assessment in the form of an examination. Regular formative assessment elements will provide students with feedback throughout the year.

Reading and References

  • Ashby M, Materials : engineering, science, processing and design, Butterworth-Heinemann, ISBN: 9780081023761
  • Bedford A, Fowler W, Engineering Mechanics: Statics. (2008), 5th ed., Pearson Education. ISBN: 9810679394.
  • Meriam JL, Kraige LG, Bolton JN, Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics, 8th Edition, ISBN: 1118885848
  • Beer F, Mechanics of Materials, McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 9780073398235