Course description

This course will offer students opportunities to perform preliminary design and analysis of structures and mechanical components and to select materials to meet design objectives and constraints. To do so, students will extend their knowledge of and ability to apply solid and structural mechanics topics including general states of stress and strain, elasticity, coordinate transformations, energy methods, effects of combined loading and mechanical testing. The use of multipe failure criteria including yielding, brittle failure, fatigue and fracture as part of design calculations to meet stiffness, strength and other performace criteria is emphasized. Students are introduced to the structure, processing and mechanical properties of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites. A formal approach to mateirals selection is introduced and applied.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to perform preliminary design of simple structures and components considering strength, fatigue, fracture, stiffness and material suitability for a given purpose.

Outcome 2: Students will be able to break down problems into component parts and correctly perform calculations for stress, deflection, strength, fatigue life and fracture resistance.

Outcome 3: Students will be able to describe basic tests of mechanical properties of materials and to correctly define and use associated terms.

Outcome 4: Students will be able to describe the structure, processing, and properties of the basic classes of engineering materials: metals, polymers, ceramics, and composites.

This course is subject to cancellation if enrollment is extremely low. Non-Cornell students must get permission of instructor to enroll.


ENGRD 2020, MATH 2940, CS 1112 or CS 1110.

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