Catalogue 2019 - 2020

ME 419 Experimental and Analytical Stress Analysis


3 cr.


ME 208; MATH 350; ME 435 or concurrently.

Course Description

This senior level course builds on the material presented in ME 208 and develops the students' ability to apply the principles of advanced mechanics of materials to problem solving while applying common experimental techniques for solution verification. The analytic studies will involve the study of three-dimensional states of stress and strain, unsymmetric bending of beams; stresses and deflections of curved beams and beams on elastic foundations; deflection and slope in beams using Castigliano's theorem; and stresses in thick walled cylinders. The experimental studies include the basic theory and installation techniques of electric resistance strain gauges, phatoelastic coatings, and applications of load and deflection measuring techniques. Applications of these techniques in the verification of analytical solutions is emphasized throughout the course. Methods of assessing students include homework assignments, laboratory reports, quizzes, a midterm, and a comprehensive final exam.