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4 Credits
Available Fall

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ME 316
Roberto Albertani
412 Rogers Hall

Course Description

Elasticity theory, failure theories, energy methods, finite element analysis.


  • Theory of elasticity
  • Failure theories
  • Torsion of noncircular bars
  • Stresses in cylinders
  • Energy methods
  • Bending of straight beams
  • Thin-wall beams
  • Buckling
  • Monocoque and semi-monocoque structures
  • Elastic behavior of orthotropic materials

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Use the principles of elasticity theory to calculate principal stress and strains in three-dimensional stress states.
  2. Use failure theories to determine factors of safety for complex stress states.
  3. Use Castigliano's theorem to calculate deflections in complex bar structures.
  4. Calculate shear flow in thin-wall structures.
  5. Determine the linear stress-strain relations of a fiber-reinforced material.
  6. ME 520 only - Demonstrate the ability to independently analyze and extend a given course subject and synthesize the results into a cohesive research paper.