ME 311 COURSE PROFILE
DEGREE PROGRAM: Mechanical Engineering

COURSE NUMBER: ME 311 COURSE TITLE: Strength of Materials
REQUIRED COURSE OR ELECTIVE COURSE: Elective TERMS OFFERED: Fall, Winter
TEXTBOOK / REQUIRED MATERIAL: J. R. Barber, Intermediate Mechanics of Materials, McGraw-Hill PRE / CO-REQUISITES: MECHENG 211, Math 216. I, II, IIIa (3 credits)
COGNIZANT FACULTY: A. Wineman
COURSE TOPICS:
  1. Castigliano's theorems
  2. Rayleigh-Ritz methods
  3. Beams with unsymmetric cross-sections
  4. Buckling of columns
  5. Elastic-plastic bending
  6. Thermal Stresses
BULLETIN DESCRIPTION: Energy methods; buckling of columns, including approximate methods; bending of beams of asymmetrical cross-section; shear center and torsion of thin-walled sections; membrane stresses in axisymmetric shells; elastic-plastic bending and torsion; axisymmetric bending of circular plates.
COURSE STRUCTURE/SCHEDULE: Lecture: 3 days per week at 1 hour

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
for each course objective, links to the Program Outcomes are identified in brackets.

  1. To use beams to introduce advanced concepts in solid mechanics [1, 3, 5, 11, 12]
  2. To introduce student to the concepts in solid mechanics [1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 12]
  3. To teach students how to use the theorem of minimum potential energy [1, 2, 5, 11, 12]
  4. To teach students how to use Castiglianos second theorem [1, 2 ,3 ,5, 11, 12]
  5. To teach students how to estimate a critical buckling load using an equilibrium approach [1, 3, 5, 11, 12]
  6. To teach students how to use energy methods to estimate a critical buckling load [1, 3, 5, 11, 12]
  7. To teach student how to account for plastic deformations in beams [1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 12]
COURSE OUTCOMES:
for each course outcome, links to the Course Objectives are identified in brackets.
  1. Apply the theorem of minimum potential energy [3]
  2. Apply Castigliano's second theorem [4]
  3. Recognize when to use the theorem of minimum potential energy and Castigliano's second theorem [4]
  4. Estimate the buckling load of a beam-column using the equilibrium method
  5. Estimate the buckling load of a beam-column using the potential energy method [6]
  6. Calculate stresses in a beam for elastic-plastic materials [1, 2, 7]
  7. Calculate the limiting plastic moment for beam with symmetric cross-sections [7]
ASSESSMENT TOOLS:
for each assessment tool, links to the course outcomes are identified
  1. Regular homework assignments
  2. Exams

PREPARED BY: A. Wineman
LAST UPDATED: June 8, 2011