Module Leaders

Dr Mazdak Ghajari

+44 (0)20 7594 9236

Dr Connor Myant

+44 (0)20 7594 9893

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module student’s will be able to:
  • Analyse basic static structures
  • Analyse basic dynamic systems
  • Calculate stress and strain in a variety of engineering structures


Description of Content

The Engineering Analysis 1 extended module develops fundamental skills in engineering analysis and applied mathematics, and consists of 3 subsections. This subsection is: ‘Mechanics’.
Physical principles of force, momentum, and inertia. Principles of stress and strain. Study of the behaviour and motion of particles,  vector notation and truss systems. Topics include:

  • Introduction to units, dimensional analysis, scalars, and vectors.
  • Dynamics:
    • Kinematics: straight and curved motion, circular motion and angular motion;
    • Forces, mass, systems of particles, and centre of mass;
    • Newton's laws of motion;
    • Momentum methods: momentum, impulse, impacts and conservation of momentum;
    • Energy methods: types of energies, conservation of energy and energy-based approaches in mechanics.
  • Statics:
    • Moments, couples, equilibrium and resolving forces, free body diagrams for 2D and 3D applications;
    • Pin-jointed structures, static equilibrium in structures, rules for static determinacy of frames. Equivalent systems of forces and couples. Ties, struts and beams.
  • Mechanics of Materials:
    • Internal forces; normal force, shear force and bending moment diagrams, point and distributed loads, end conditions;
    • Elastic stress‐strain relationships in two dimensions, Hooke’s Law, normal and shear stresses, Young’s Modulus;
    • Beam bending theory and Second Moment of Area;
    • Bending stresses in beams: axial bending stresses, principle of superposition;
    • Torsion: torsional stress and strain, and polar second moment of area.
Throughout the course, several practical examples are used to demonstrate the applicability of the material to engineering design practice.


Module Highlight

Catapult Competition

Catapult Competition

Published on 18 November 2016

First year Design Engineering students compete in the Mechanics 1 final to out-calculate each other and shoot the most accurate projectiles from a catapult at a target. They also compete for the best medieval-themed costume.