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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Engineering Mechanics-Statics
Module Code EM112
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Paul Young
Semester 2: Paul Young
Autumn: Paul Young
Module TeachersPaul Young
Nigel Kent
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module introduces the fundamentals of mechanics and builds student confidence in applying these mechanical principles to solve static problems. Students are expected to attend lectures, prepare for and actively participate in problem solving in tutorials, attend and participate in group laboratories and write up reports.

Learning Outcomes

1. Explain the principles of static equilibrium (P01, P02)
2. Use Free Body Diagrams to solve static problems involving components and pulley systems (P01, P02, P03, P04)
3. Solve problems relating to the forces in truss members using the method of joints and the method of sections. (P01, P02)
4. Determine the centre of mass and centroids of Lines, areas and Volumes of simple and composite bodies (P01, P02)
5. Solve problems relating to hydrostatics including pressures on submerged surfaces, buoyancy and stability of floating objects. (P01, P02)
6. Solve problems relating to dry friction, including inclined planes and screw threads. (P01, P02)
7. Solve problems relating to the work, equilibrium, potential energy and stability of a system (P01, P02)
8. Undertake an experiment as part of a group and report results. (P02, P03, P05)

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial6No Description
Laboratory10In Laboratory (2 x 2 hours) Reporting (2 x 3 hours)
Fieldwork12Revision for Moodle Quiz
Independent Study73No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Core concepts
Concepts of weight, force, moments, Units, Centre of gravity, Vector Algebra

Force Systems
Component forces, Resultant force, Resultant Moment, Wrench, Free body diagrams

System Isolation, Free Body Diagram, 2-D and 3-D equilibrium equations

Plane Trusses, Method of Joints, Method of Sections

Centres of Mass and Centroids
Centre of Mass, Centroids of Lines, Areas and Volumes

Fluid Statics
Forces on submerged surfaces, forces of buoyancy, stability of floating objects

Dry Friction, Wedges, Screws, Bearings (introduction)

Virtual Work
Work, Equilibrium, Potential Energy, Stability

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Laboratory PortfolioUndertake two of the 5 available experiments and record the information from the equipment, draw diagrams & graphs and develop simple discussion and conclusions. These sessions will take place between weeks 3 and 11 of the semester.10%Other
Short Answer QuestionsMoodle Quiz based on tutorial and practical work10%
AssignmentReview, analyse and report on a specific engineering mechanics static problem posed by the lecturer10%Week 29
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • J. L. Meriam, L. G. Kraige: 2007, Engineering mechanics: Statics, 6th, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, 0471739324
  • J. L. Meriam, L. G. Kraige: 2007, Engineering mechanics: Dynamics, 6th, Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, 0471739316
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Date of Last Revision13-JAN-12

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