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UCL Mechanical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Sciences


MECH0013 Mechanics of Solids and Structures

MECH0013 Mechanics of Solids and Structures

FHEQ Level:
5 (Undergraduate Yr 2)
Terms 1 and 2
UCL / ECTS Credits:
15 UCL / 7.5 ECTS
Previous Module Code:
Alternative Module Code:
This module is offered to Term 1 affiliate students under the code MECH0014
ENGF0003 Mathematical Modelling and Analysis 1, MECH0003 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering, MECH0006 Engineering Dynamics

Taught By

Dr Gaetano Burriesci (Module Coordinator):
Gaetano Burriesci
Dr Silvia Schievano:
Dr Silvia Schievano

Module Overview

This module applies the theories of statics to the analysis of the mechanical behaviour of basic deformable structures subjected to external loads.

The module is a natural continuation from the modules MECH0003 Introduction to Mechanical Engineering and MECH0006 Engineering Dynamics, which are studied in the first year of the Mechanical Engineering undergraduate programme. It aims 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.

Topics Covered

Topics covered in the module include:

  • Bending of beams
  • Plastic collapse
  • Energy methods
  • Beam buckling
  • Principal stresses and failure criteria
  • Axisymmetric stress and strain

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this module students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the essential concepts, theories and principles underlying the mechanics of solid bodies.
  • 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; and introductory ideas in structural design.
  • Apply appropriate quantitative science, engineering and mathematical tools to the solution of problems in structural engineering.
  • Demonstrate creative and innovative ability in the synthesis of theoretical solutions, and linking them to the design of real-world structures.
  • Solve structural engineering problems, communicate and effectively source background resources and materials required for self-learning.

Method of Instruction

This module is taught through:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Practical laboratory classes


This module is assessed through a combination of unseen written examination and coursework exercises.

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