ME201 - Solid Mechanics

ME201 - Solid Mechanics


Prof Parag Tandaiya (till midsem, because of a medical issue) & Prof Tanmay K. Bhandakkar (after midsem)

Section(S1/S2) and criteria used to allot sections

S1 - by my own choice and it was preferred by students who didn’t take any minor as it ran in the minor slot


Autumn ‘19

Course Difficulty


Time commitment required

Attending class regularly is helpful.

Attendance Policy

Not compulsory ; however tutorials were conducted in class and they were a part of the evaluation.

Grading Policy and Statistics

80+ AA ,70+ AB so on

Prerequisites (also if any skill/knowledge that would be a plus)

Engineering Mechanics (CE102)

####Evaluation Scheme

  • Endsem: 40
  • Midsem: 25
  • Quizzes: 15 (best 3 out of 4 quizzes)
  • Tutorials: 10
  • Assignment:10

Course Contents (in brief)

  • Axially loaded members:Statically determinate and indeterminate problems,Thermal stresses
  • Bending moment, shear forces and stresses in beams, Singularity function approach
  • Equation of equilibrium, Stress transformation, Mohr’s circle, Polar coordinates
  • strain-displacement relationship, Strain transformation, Mohr’s circle, Strain gauges/rosettes, Polar coordinates
  • Constitutive Relations: Stress-strain response, Elastic behavior
  • Stresses in thin, thick cylinders and rotating discs
  • Pure bending, Symmetric cross-section, Curvature, Moment-stress-curvature relationship, Composite beam

Mechanism of Instruction and Teaching Style

Prof. Parag writes notes on the board and then explains it explicitly. Sometimes, he relates concepts with experimental examples.

Feedback on Tutorials/Assignments/Projects etc

They are based on class notes and the questions are generally from some reference book.

Feedback on Exams

Most of the problems are straightforward and based on class notes.

Importance of course

This course is a prerequisite for Strength of Materials (ME 202) and would be really helpful for the same.

References Used

  • S.H. Crandell, M.C. Dahl and S.J. Lardner. An Introduction to the Mechanics of Solids, McGraw Hill Education (India) Private Limited, Third Edition, 2012.
  • F.P. Beer and E.R. Johnston, Jr., J.T. Dewolf, D.F. Mazurek. Mechanics of Materials, Sixth edition, Mcgraw Hill Education (India) Private Limited, 2013.

Anything else you would like to add

This is a really interesting course as it introduces mechanics at the differential level and helps us to understand the consideration of different assumptions in solving mechanics problems.

Nptel course: Solid Mechanics by prof Ajeet kumar (IIT Delhi). He described all the mathematics during the derivation of equations in detail.

Review by: Ankit Kumar