Module Overview

Mechanics 1

The aim of this module is to give learners a comprehensive understanding of the fundamentals of mechanics of statics and dynamics as well as an introduction to materials (metals).

Module Code

MECH H2025

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change


Introduction & vectors, force systems and equilibrium, structures, friction, distributed forces - types of beams, loading & shear force & bending moment diagrams, mass moments of inertia, virtual work.


Introduction. Kinematics of Particles: projectile motion, relative motion, constrained motion. Kinetics of Particles: force, mass & acceleration - motion on a slope; work & energy - work-energy method; impulse and momentum. Kinematics of Rigid Bodies: rotation; relative velocity. Kinetics of Rigid Bodies: force, mass & acceleration - fixed axis rotation. Introduction to vibration.


Introduction to metallic crystal structures and phase diagrams. Definition of important ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Mechanical and physical properties of metals. Destructive tests including: tensile testing (Hook's law, Young's modulus, rigidity, stress and strain - introduction to compressive & shear stresses), impact testing and hardness testing. Non-destructive tests including: visual inspection, visual inspection using dye-penetrants, ultrasonic testing, eddy-current testing, magnetic testing and radiography.

Mechanical Engineering Design

Introduction to design, dealing with variability in material properties, factor of safety and design codes. Examples of relevant ISO standards and societies & organisations that have established specifications for standards & safety or design codes.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination50
Other Assessment(s)50