Module information on this degree can be found below, separated by year of study.

The module information below applies for the current academic year. The academic year runs from August to July; the 'current year' switches over at the end of July.

Students select optional courses subject to rules specified in the Mechanical Engineering Student Handbook,  for example at most three Design and Business courses. Please note that numbers are limited on some optional courses and selection criteria will apply.

Stress Analysis 3B

Module aims

The course aims to reinforce the student's knowledge of stress analysis, to extend this knowledge to more advanced theories and techniques and to apply these to practical problems. Most of these will be developments of methods which have been previously acquired but to more sophisticated problems. New areas of thermal stresses, plastic deformation and residual stresses will be treated and a new technique of analysis using energy methods will also be introduced and developed. This is a level 7 variant of the level 6 Stress Analysis module and students cannot take both for credit towards their final degree.

ECTS units:    5    

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module students should be able to: 

1. Solve a wide range of axi-symmetric elastic problems involving monobloc cylinders, compound cylinders, plates, thin walled shells. Problems will include the effects of temperature, rotation and gravity.

2. Solve problems relating to non-workhardening, plastic behaviour of monobloc cylinders, the generation of residual stresses and interference mechanisms. 

3. Solve problems including statically indeterminate pin jointed structures and deflections of curved beams using energy methods.

4. Explain the basic requirements needed to solve elasticity problems.

5. Create a simple safety case by combining technicques from stress analysis and fracture mechanics 

Module syllabus

Thick walled cylinder theory (incl effects of radial temperature distribution and body forces).
Yielding of thick-walled cylinders and residula stresses.
Compound cylinders and interference fits 
Bending theory of axi-symmetric plates
Theory of shells
Energy methods 


ME1-hSAN; ME2-hSAN or equivalent.

Teaching methods

Students will be introduced to the main topics through lectures, supported by technology (PowerPoint, Panapto and Blackboard). Short activities (using interactive pedagogies) will occasionally be introduced in the classroom setting to reinforce learning, for example through pentameter and the like. You will be provided with problem solving sheets and should complete these as part of your independent study. Tutorials sessions will provide an opportunity for interaction with teaching staff where you can discuss specific problems. 


Assessment details        
      Pass mark   
Grading method Numeric   50%
Assessment type Assessment description Weighting Pass mark Must pass?
Examination 3 Hour exam 100% 50% Y

Module leaders

Dr Ulrich Hansen