The module descriptors for this programme can be found below.

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Revision Stress Analysis

Module aims

This course is intended to provide an introduction to the basics of stress analysis. It will provide a refresher for those who have already covered stress analysis in their first degree course. For those who have had no previous teaching in this topic, the course will provide a grounding in the basic principles which, together with further reading, will enable you to undertake other lectures courses on your MSc which require aspects of stress analysis techniques.

Learning outcomes

  • To appreciate the nature of applied loads, types of structural elements and support conditions
  • To understand the concept of equilibrium and to apply it to the free body diagram of a structure and part of a structure
  • To understand the concepts of stress and strain, their components and transformation rules
  • To be able to use Young’s modulus and Poisson’s ratio to express the relationship between stress and strain for linear elastic materials
  • To be aware of other sources of strain
  • To be able to perform stress analysis of simple structural forms: 2-D pin-jointed truss structures, simple beams and torsion bars

Module syllabus

Applied loads, structural elements, support conditions, equilibrium, free body diagrams, stress, strain, link between stress and strain, other sources of strain, stress analysis of simple structural forms: pin-jointed truss structures, simple beams and torsion bars.



Teaching methods

Skeleton lecture course notes will be provided. These contain gaps which need to filled in during the lectures. The lectures will cover all the material in the notes – not just the gaps. The aim of using skeleton notes is to help the students gain an understanding of the material during the lecture period rather than simply taking notes. One tutorial sheet is incorporated in the notes.


There is no assessment of this course. The course provides an introduction/ revision of the basic principles of stress analysis which will be required in other lecture courses on your MSc.

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