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Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is to develop the student's abilities in the design and analysis of engineering components. In particular stress, transverse shear, stress transformations and deflection will be covered. This includes a deeper understanding of the field of Mechanics of Materials.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to: Design beam and shafts under combined loading conditions Perform stress transformation calculations Apply theories of failure to the loading of different materials Calculate the deflection of beams Analyze the buckling of columns

Course contents

Transverse Shear Combined Loading Stress Transformations Strain Transformations Design of beams and shafts Deflection of beams and shafts

Prerequisites and co-requisites

A prerequisite of "Mechanics of Materials 1 (Strength of Materials)" is required. The student should obtain the course textbook before starting the course. It is assumed the student is familiar with chapters 1-6 of the course book before starting this course. This course will cover chapters 7-12. The course textbook can be used in the exam.

Previous course names

Materials Design

Additional information

Students are required to follow Good Scientific Practice in Studies: https://start.arcada.fi/en/my-studies/degree-thesis/ethical-rules

Recommended or required reading

It is required to obtain the course textbook "Mechanics of Materials", Hibbeler, 10th edition. The student is required to read one chapter of this text every week. The chapters covered are 7- 13. The exam is based on chapters 7-12. The exam does not include advanced sections of the text indicated by an asterisk (*). https://www.adlibris.com/fi/kirja/mechanics-of-materials-in-si-units-9781292178202 References textbook: "COMSOL 5 for Engineeers", Mehrzad Tabatabaian, Arcada Libguides.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 10 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 20 hours
  • Practical exercises - 40 hours
  • Individual studies - 65 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)

Assessment requirements

The total mark is comprised of the total of 2 assignments and one exam. There is no minimum mark requirement in any individual assessment task. All assignment dates are given in itslearning. A total mark of 50 is required. There is no compulsory attendance. Assignment 1 (20%) Assignment 2 (20%) Exam (60%) - The student is allowed to bring any version of Mechanics of Materials by Hibbeler to the exam (no loose notes or other textbook). Grading Scale (Total mark): 50-59 Grade 1 60-69 Grade 2 70-79 Grade 3 80-89 Grade 4 90-100 Grade 5


Vihtonen Mathew


Vihtonen Mathew

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Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2020-03-15

The timetable of the course

Week 44 Chapter 7 - Introduction to course, Transverse Shear Week 45 Chapter 7 - Transverse Shear, Optional Tutorial class Week 46 Chapter 8 - Combined Loading, Optional Tutorial class. Assignment 1. Week 47 Chapter 9 and 10 - Stress and Strain Transformation, Optional Tutorial Class. Week 48 Chapter 11 - Design of Beams and Shafts, Optional Tutorial Class, Assignment 2. Week 49 Chapter 12 - Deflection of Beams and Shafts, Optional Tutorial Class Week 50 Exam (Chapters 7-12) Week 51 Course Survey and Feedback, Optional Individual Reading chapter 13.

Assessment methods

  • 2020-10-08 - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Other assignments

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