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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH204P Mechanics of Solids and Structures

  • To provide students with an engaging theoretical foundation enabling them to determine the response of engineering structures to external mechanical actions, the resulting deformations and the state of stress and strain produced into the structure’s components.
  • Students will also acquire the ability to predict and prevent common forms of structural static failure in basic engineering components.
Code: MECH204P
Alt Codes: None
Title: Mechanics of Solids and Structures
UCL Credits/ECTS: 0.5/7.5
Start: September
End: April
Taught by: Dr. Gaetano Burriesci


  • ENGS103P Modelling and Analysis
  • MECHP101P Introduction to Mechanical Engineering
  • MECH104P Statics & Dynamics

Method of Instruction

  • Weekly lectures and worked examples covering the theoretical and basic material.
  • Problem sheets requiring self-study and written work will be handed weekly, and regularly revised at feedback/tutorial sessions to provide formative assessment.
  • Two structured laboratory sessions combining lecture/tutorial content with hands-on observation, promoting group working, bookwork and report writing.


The course will have the following assessment components:

  • Examination (3 hours, 75%)
  • 2 Lab reports (25%)

To pass this course students must:

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


The course is a natural continuation from ‘MECH101P Introduction to Mechanical Engineering’ and ‘MECH104P Engineering Dynamics’ studied in the 1st year of the Mechanical Engineering Undergraduate programme.

In MECH204P, students apply the theories of statics to the analysis of the mechanical behaviour of basic deformable structures subjected to external loads.

MECH204P Mechanics of Solids and Structures

General Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the essential concepts, theories and principles underlying the mechanics of solid bodies.
  2. Ability to analyse the response of beam structures to lateral and axial loads; plastic theory of collapse; asymmetric bending of open sectioned thin beams; energy theorems and methods of analysis. buckling of elastic beams. axisymmetric stresses and strains; torsional stresses; introductory ideas in structural design.


Intellectual abilities

  1. Apply appropriate quantitative science, engineering and mathematical tools to the solution of problems in structural engineering.
  2. Demonstrate creative and innovative ability in the synthesis of theoretical solutions, and linking them to the design of real-world structures.


General transferable skills

Solution of structural engineering problems, communication and effective sourcing of background resources and materials required for self-learning.

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