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ECM1202 - Basic Mechanics (2019)

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MODULE TITLEBasic Mechanics CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM1202 MODULE CONVENERDr Junning Chen (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 2 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 25
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

Without the careful measurement of static and hydrostatic forces, structures like the Hoover Dam or the Tamar bridge could not have been built. This examination of the static behaviour of solids and fluids, which underpins much of civil engineering and mechanical engineering design, is just one of the key areas you will explore on this module. 

In this module, you will encounter fluid and solid static equations and principles, including tension compression, learn how to calculate forces from stagnant fluids, stresses on beams, etc. In a hands-on laboratory session, you will measure the force from a water jet, heating different surfaces, and then illustrate your results in diagrams.

On completing this module, you will be familiar with the basics of fluid and solid principles by which practically all static and hydrostatic problems are solved; you will have an excellent foundation in critical measurement techniques and be proficient in using a hydraulic bench, in this case, equipped with a pump and simple system to measure flow rate.

Prerequisite module: ECM1200 Core Engineering or equivalent

AIMS - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to introduce you to fundamental concepts of solid mechanics and fluid mechanics, separated into two sections. For solid mechanics this includes stress/strain relationships, axial members, rods and beams. For fluid mechanics this covers fluid properties, continuity and energy equations, momentum, and engineering concepts like buoyancy and hydrostatics.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge

1 learn the basic theory and concepts behind statics and hydrostatics; the behaviour of static solid and fluid systems

2 apply the principles of statics and dynamics to the analysis of simple mechanical and fluid systems

3 become familiar with units and magnitudes used in statics and hydrostatics

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

4 understand the importance and application of statics and hydrostatics to engineering projects

5 become familiar with the mathematical and analytical concepts required for statics and hydrostatics

6 record and interpret the results of observed practical experiments and demonstrations

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

7 write clear accounts (of laboratory experiments and demonstrations)

8 carry out directed private study using textbooks, and other provided resources

9 demonstrate an awareness of health and safety issues applicable to working in a supervised laboratory

10 develop the ability for self-study and monitoring

11 provide constructive feedback to teaching staff

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
  • Solid mechanics: tension compression and shear forces
    • Stress
    • Axial loads
    • Torsion
    • Beams
  • Fluid mechanics: hydrostatics and dynamics.
    • Pressure and Head
    • Static Forces on Surfaces
    • Buoyancy
    • Continuity of Flow
    • Momentum Equation
    • Jet Flow Analysis
    • Energy Equation
LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 40.00 Guided Independent Study 110.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 12 Tutorials
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 6 Laboratories
Guided independent study 110 Guided Independent Study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
       
       
       
       
       
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Written exam - Closed book 70 2 hours 1,2,3,4,5,8 Students can request feedback after exam
Coursework 1 (Individual) – Solid mechanics Coursework 7.5 1 hour 1,2,3,4,5,8 In-class feedback
Coursework 2 (Individual) – solid mechanics In-class test 7.5 1 hour 1,2,3,4,5,8 In-class feedback
Coursework 3 (Individual) - fluid mechanics problem set 7.5 1 hour 1,2,3,4,5,8 In-class feedback
Coursework 4 (Group) – fluid mechanics water jet impact lab report 7.5 1 hour 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9 In-class feedback

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-assessment
All above Written Exam (100%) All August Ref/Def Period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.
 

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

 

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

Web based and Electronic Resources:

 

Other Resources:

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Douglas, J.F., Gasiorek, J.M., Swaffield, J.A. Fluid Mechanics 6th Pearson/Prentice Hall 2011 10: 0273717723 [Library]
Set Gere, JM, Goodno, B J Mechanics of Materials Cengage Learning 2013 978-0495438076 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 4 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Tuesday 10 July 2018 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 28 September 2018
KEY WORDS SEARCH Solid mechanics; beam theory; fluid mechanics; incomprehensible flow.