Mechanics of Solids (MFG 512)

2022 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Adnan Kefal,
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Doctoral, Master
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Group tutorial
Interactive,Communicative,Project based learning
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Fundamentals of solid mechanics will be explained throughout this course. At the first stage, vector & tensor properties and rules would be shown in order to establish a background for the students to earn advanced level mechanics problem solution capabilities. Later on large deformation theory in its general form will be explained and necessary equations for solid mechanics modeling like; conservation of energy, conservation of momentum will be discussed in detail. Elastic material models and relations for different Isotropic and Orthotropic materials will be explained within the course. Introductory level plasticity which covers the basic relationships for a plastically deforming solid will be provided within the course. Solution of continuum problems with finite element methods will be illustrated and example 1D finite element problem solution methodology will be shown in detail.


This course is primarily designed for graduate students to gain an understanding of the fields of solid mechanics. The course introduces concepts of continuum mechanics, thermodynamic laws, and governing physics and equations for the deformation of solids based on small and large deformation theories. The finite element concepts will be explained at an introductory level and the students will be asked to solve practical solid mechanics problems using both analytical methods and numerical methods utilizing commercially available finite element software.


  Percentage (%)
Final 50
Midterm 30
Group Project 20



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2. Tadmor, E.B., Miller, R.E. and Elliott, R.S., 2012. Continuum mechanics andthermodynamics: from fundamental concepts to governing equations. Cambridge UniversityPress.
3. Logan, D.L., 2016. A first course in the finite element method. Cengage Learning.
4. Zienkiewicz, O.C., Taylor, R.L., Taylor, R.L. and Taylor, R.L., 2000. The finite element method:solid mechanics (Vol. 2). Butterworth-heinemann.
5. Reddy, J.N., 2003. Mechanics of laminated composite plates and shells: theory and analysis.CRC press.