Advanced Solid Mechanics

Module code: EG7037

In industry, commercial software is used to carry out finite element analysis in structure design. An engineer is often shielded from the details of the numerical method, but an engineer has to understand the underlying principle of the method in order to use it correctly. Furthermore an engineer has to be able to select the correct material model, set the right boundary conditions and chose the appropriate finite element for the analysis. This module prepares students for using modern commercial finite element packages. The module will help you to develop an in-depth understanding in the general structure behind computational stress analysis and, in particular, the various constitutive laws that you have to select for various design problems. It also provides you with the practical experience of finite element analysis by going through a series of exercises in the computer lab.

Lectures cover:

  • Variational principles and finite element method
  • Constitutive laws for engineering materials including plasticity theory
  • Failure theories for engineering materials
  • Use of finite element analysis in engineering design

Practice sessions cover finite element analysis of:

  • Long/short beams, plastic beams and limit loads
  • Stress concentration and plasticity
  • Use of sub-models for global and


  • 11 hours lectures
  • 22 hours of practicals
  • 117 hours of guided independent study


  •  Exam, 2.5 hours (100%)