ME 432 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials
ME 432 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials (3). Prerequisite: ME 323. Principle of virtual work. Principle of minimum potential energy. Matrix formulation of static and dynamic structural mechanics problems with a strong emphasis on computer applications.
Prerequisites by Topic
- Introductory mechanics of materials
- Differential equations
Aslam Kassimali, Matrix Analysis of Structures, Brooks/Cole, 1999.
M.K. Sharp, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
This course introduces students to the analytical theory, numerical methodologies, and software tools available for solving problems in computational structural mechanics.
- Introduction (1 class)
- Matrix algebra (2 classes)
- Plane trusses (5 classes)
- Computer software (3 classes)
- Beams (4 classes)
- Plane frames (5 classes)
- Secondary effects (3 classes)
- Three-dimensional structures (6 classes)
- Discussion of design projects (3 classes)
- Modeling techniques (3 classes)
- Supplementary topics (4 classes)
- Ethics for engineers (1 class)
- Examinations (2 classes and 2½ hours)
Computer software is used for some homework problems and design projects.
Three 50 minute sessions per week devoted to lecture, discussion, and problem solving.
Professional Component Contribution
Engineering science: 3 credits.
Relationship to Program Objectives
This course supports Mechanical Engineering program objectives by developing:
- An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering in the field of mechanical engineering.
- An ability to identify, formulate and solve problems in the field of mechanical engineering.
- A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in, life-long learning in the field of mechanical engineering.
- An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern tools necessary for the practice of mechanical engineering.