Solid Mechanics Area Examination

Specific subjects covered in ME 323 and included in the examinations are:

  • Computing Internal Resultants, Stresses, Deformations, Strains in Statically Determinate and Indeterminate Structures
    • Free-Body Diagrams
    • Generalized Hooke’s Law
    • Trusses
    • Axial Loads
    • Thermal Loads
    • Torsional Loads
    • Bending and Transverse Shear Loads in Beams
      • Shear-Moment Diagrams
      • Deflections by Direct-Integration and Superposition Methods
    • Combined Loads
    • Thin-Walled Pressure Vessels
  • Stress and Strain Transformation
    • Transformation of States of Plane Stress
    • Principal Stresses and Principal Directions
    • Maximum In-plane and Absolute Maximum Shear Stresses
    • Mohr’s Circle of States of Plane Stress
  • Buckling of Elastic Columns
  • Energy Methods
    • Work
    • Strain Energy
    • Castigliano’s Theorem
  • Static Failure Prediction
    • Brittle Failure
    • Ductile Failure


Prepared by the Solid Mechanics Area, February 2023. This guideline supersedes all prior versions.