Engineering Mechanics - Statics and Dynamics

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IIT Madras

Level: Undergraduate

Category: Engineering



Static and dynamical mechanical systems are the heart of all engineering today. The static systems range from bridges, load bearing members of roofs to fasteners and bolts. Dynamical systems are also ubiquitous in the form of machines which convert electrical energy to mechanical energy. Understanding the equations governing these static and dynamical systems is at the heart of this course.

During this course, we will touch upon the theoretical tools that we have available to us in order to be able to analyse these systems.

The world around us is full of engineered systems, such as machines, automobiles, bridges and buildings. The objective of this course is to present the basic principles of dynamics and help develop proficiency in applying these principles to formulate and solve dynamics problems. We will also study applications of dynamics concepts to modeling engineered machines.

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Suggested Readings: 

1. "Engineering Mechanics - Volume I - Statics", J. L. Merian and L.G. Kraige, Wiley Publishers

2. "Engineering Mechanics - Volume II - Dynamics", J. L. Merian and L.G. Kraige, Wiley Publishers

3. "Engineering Mechanics - Statics", R. C. Hibbeler, Prentice Hall Publishers

4. "Engineering Mechanics - Dynamics", R. C. Hibbeler, Prentice Hall Publishers



Week-1 – Basics of rigid bodies

Week-2 – Introduction to trusses and joints

Week-3 - Discussion on beams

Week-4 - Overview of friction and work & energy

Week-5 - Plane kinematics

Week-6 - Plane kinetics

Week-7 - Work-Energy and Impulse-Momentum methods

Week-8 - Overview of Vibrations

Course Start Date: 23/01/2017

36 Tutorials
1 Test


Mahesh Panchagnula

Dr.Mahesh V Panchagnula

Professor of Applied Mechanics

Indian Institute of Technology Madras


B.S. - Mechanical Engineering,  Indian Institute of Technology, 1992

M.S. - Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1994

Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1998


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