Balochistan University of Engineering & Technology, Khuzdar
Balochistan University of Engineering & Technology, Khuzdar

Engineering Mechanics

Specific Objectives of course:

  • To enable students to understand relationships of physical processes, kinetics and kinematics.
  • To develop skills to use the basic principles of mechanics in engineering applications.
Course Outline:
Basic Concepts: Concepts of space, time, mass, velocity, acceleration and force. Scalar and vector quantities, Newton’s laws of motion, Law of gravitation.
System of Forces: Resultant and resolution of co-planer forces using parallelogram, triangle & polygon law and funicular polygon. Simple cases of resultant and resolution of forces in space, Conditions of equilibrium of co-planar forces, analytical and graphical formulations.
Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies:  Free body concept, conditions of support and attachment to other bodies, Support Reactions under different types of loading, Introduction to shear force and bending moment diagrams. Degree of restraint and static determinacy. Statically determinate problems especially of civil engineering importance, Equilibrium of two-force and three-force bodies.
Kinematics: Work, energy and power. Virtual work formulation of equilibrium of coplanar force. Potential energy, energy criterion for equilibrium, stability of equilibrium, application to simple cases.
Rigid Bodies: Geometrical properties of plane areas, first moment of area, centroid, second moment of area, principal axes, polar second moment of area and radius of gyration.
Friction: Coulomb’s theory of friction. Problems involving friction on flat and curved surfaces.
Application of Principles of Dynamics: Rectilinear and curvilinear motion, Newton’s equation of motion, Dynamic equilibrium

Introduction to practical use of the above principles and properties.

Lab Outline: 
The Design work and/or experiments related to above mentioned outline shall be covered in the Laboratory/Design class.

Recommended Books:

  1. Hibbeler, R.C. Engineering Mechanics- Statics and Dynamics, Prentice Hall. (10th Edition), 2003
  2. Ferdinand P. Beer and E. Russel Johnston Jr. “Vector Mechanics for Engineers”, 7th Edition, 2008
  3. F.L. Singer, Engineering Mechanics, 4th ed, Harper and Row Publisher, 1987.
  4. J.L. Mariam & L.G. Kraige; Engineering Mechanics -Statics and Dynamics; John Wiley & Sons, 6th Edition, 2007