Mechanical Systems I (ME 301)

2023 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Güllü Kızıltaş Şendur,
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Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Recitation,Group tutorial
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Case Study
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This course introduces fundamentals of mechanical systems analysis and design. Specific topics include: preliminary design and analysis of mechanical systems; machine elements and their functions; force and life analysis of mechanical systems;basic design of mechanical systems for stability stress and deflections. and deflections.


Objective of the course is to introduce students with mechanics of materials, fundamentals of strength of materials, strain and stress analysis, component design principles, design for static failure, design for dynamic failure and implementation of basic optimization methods in design problems.


  • Describe the fundamentals for mechanics of materials, get familiar with stress, strain and deformation
  • Calculate the loadings on components and drawing internal force/moment diagrams
  • Calculate part stresses under various (axial, bending, torsion, etc or combined loading) cases and making design choices
  • Calculate thermal stresses, deformations and safety of components
  • Calculate stresses in pressurized vessels and principal stresses
  • Design for static and dynamic failures
  • Calculate deformation and strains of beams


1. Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 3

2. Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 3

3. Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects; have the ability to continue to educate him/herself. 4

4. Communicate effectively in Turkish and English by oral, written, graphical and technological means. 3

5. Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team; and have the skills to work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams. 4

1. Possess sufficient knowledge of mathematics, science and program-specific engineering topics; use theoretical and applied knowledge of these areas in complex engineering problems. 4

2. Identify, define, formulate and solve complex engineering problems; choose and apply suitable analysis and modeling methods for this purpose. 5

3. Develop, choose and use modern techniques and tools that are needed for analysis and solution of complex problems faced in engineering applications; possess knowledge of standards used in engineering applications; use information technologies effectively. 5

4. Have the ability to design a complex system, process, instrument or a product under realistic constraints and conditions, with the goal of fulfilling specified needs; apply modern design techniques for this purpose. 4

5. Design and conduct experiments, collect data, analyze and interpret the results to investigate complex engineering problems or program-specific research areas. 1

6. Possess knowledge of business practices such as project management, risk management and change management; awareness on innovation; knowledge of sustainable development. 1

7. Possess knowledge of impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, health and societal context; knowledge of contemporary issues; awareness on legal outcomes of engineering solutions; knowledge of behavior according to ethical principles, understanding of professional and ethical responsibility. 4

8. Have the ability to write effective reports and comprehend written reports, prepare design and production reports, make effective presentations, and give and receive clear and intelligible instructions. 4

1. Comprehend key concepts in biology and physiology, with emphasis on molecular genetics, biochemistry and molecular and cell biology as well as advanced mathematics and statistics. 1

2. Develop conceptual background for interfacing of biology with engineering for a professional awareness of contemporary biological research questions and the experimental and theoretical methods used to address them. 1

1. Applying fundamental and advanced knowledge of natural sciences as well as engineering principles to develop and design new materials and establish the relation between internal structure and physical properties using experimental, computational and theoretical tools. 4

2. Merging the existing knowledge on physical properties, design limits and fabrication methods in materials selection for a particular application or to resolve material performance related problems. 4

3. Predicting and understanding the behavior of a material under use in a specific environment knowing the internal structure or vice versa. 5

1. Familiarity with concepts in statistics and optimization, knowledge in basic differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, complex variables, multi-variable calculus, as well as physics and computer science, and ability to use this knowledge in modeling, design and analysis of complex dynamical systems containing hardware and software components. 5

2. Ability to work in design, implementation and integration of engineering applications, such as electronic, mechanical, electromechanical, control and computer systems that contain software and hardware components, including sensors, actuators and controllers. 5

1. Formulate and analyze problems in complex manufacturing and service systems by comprehending and applying the basic tools of industrial engineering such as modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics. 1

2. Design and develop appropriate analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy. 1

3. Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools. 1


  Percentage (%)
Final 35
Midterm 50
Participation 5
Homework 10



F. Beer, E. R. Johnston, J. T. DeWolf, D.F. Mazurek, Mechanics of Materials - SI Version, 7th Revised edition, McGraw-Hill Education, USA, July 2015.


1) R.C. Hibbeler, Mechanics of Materials, Ninth Edition, Prentice Hall, New Jersey, USA

2) Warren C. Young, Roark?s Formulas for Stress and Strain, McGraw-Hill, 6th Edition, New York, 1996.