Solid Mechanics Lab

 

In the Solid Mechanics Lab, experiments are conducted on fundamental principles of solid mechanics, materials and dynamics. A range of topics are covered including testing of materials for tensile, compression, bending and torsional loads, vibrations and material microstructure. Students perform mechanical testing on a variety of structural elements and machine components following appropriate codes and standards. As a result, they gain understanding of different failure modes of the materials under different mechanical loading conditions.

The lab has numerical components where software tools are used to numerically predict stress/strains in simple structures and components using finite element analysis. Students are also taught how to work as a team to design experimental procedures and effectively report the results of their experiments.