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Unit 036  Advanced Mechanical Principles – Credit Value 15 Level 5 [R/615/1504]

A mechanical engineer is required to have an advanced knowledge of most of the machinery used within the engineering industry, and should understand the physical laws that influence their operation. The aim of this unit is to continue covering the topics discussed in Unit 9: Mechanical Principles. It will provide students with advanced knowledge of the mechanical theories associated with engineering applications.

Topics included in this unit are: Poisson’s Ratio and typical values of common materials; the relationship between the elastic constants such as Bulk Modulus, Modulus of Elasticity, Modulus of Rigidity; the relationship between bending moment, slope and deflection in beams; calculating the slope and deflection for loaded beams using Macaulay’s method; analysing the stresses in thin-walled pressure vessels; and stresses in thick-walled cylinders, flat and v-section belt drive theory.

On successful completion of this unit students will be able to have more advanced knowledge of mechanical principles to determine the behavioural characteristics of materials subjected to complex loading; assess the strength of loaded beams and pressurised vessels; determine specifications of power transmission system elements; and examine operational constraints of dynamic rotating systems.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Determine the behavioural characteristics of materials subjected to complex loading.
  2. Assess the strength of loaded beams and pressurised vessels.
  3. Analyse the specifications of power transmission system elements.
  4. Examine operational constraints of dynamic rotating systems.

Recommended Resources


BIRD, J. and ROSS, C. (2014) Mechanical Engineering Principles. 3rd Ed. London: Routledge.
KHURMI, R.S. and GUPTA, J.K. (2005) Textbook of Machine Design. New Delhi: S. Chand Publishing.
TOOLEY, M. and DINGLE, L. (2012) Engineering Science: For Foundation Degree and Higher National. London: Routledge.

https://www.khanacademy.org/ Khan Academy Physics (Tutorials)


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