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ME 432 Intermediate Mechanics of Materials

Catalog Description

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

  1. Introductory mechanics of materials
  2. Differential equations


Aslam Kassimali, Matrix Analysis of Structures, Brooks/Cole, 1999.


Class notes.


M.K. Sharp, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Course Objectives

This course introduces students to the analytical theory, numerical methodologies, and software tools available for solving problems in computational structural mechanics.


  1. Introduction (1 class)
  2. Matrix algebra (2 classes)
  3. Plane trusses (5 classes)
  4. Computer software (3 classes)
  5. Beams (4 classes)
  6. Plane frames (5 classes)
  7. Secondary effects (3 classes)
  8. Three-dimensional structures (6 classes)
  9. Discussion of design projects (3 classes)
  10. Modeling techniques (3 classes)
  11. Supplementary topics (4 classes)
  12. Ethics for engineers (1 class)
  13. Examinations (2 classes and 2½ hours)

Laboratory Projects


Computer Use

Computer software is used for some homework problems and design projects.

Class/Laboratory Schedule

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.
Prepared by M.K. Sharp, March 2006
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