Engineering Mechanics

By Prof. K. Ramesh   |   IIT Madras
Learners enrolled: 2404
This is a basic first level course to learn rigid body mechanics covering both statics and dynamics. Statics covers free body diagrams, equilibrium of rigid bodies, analysis of trusses and beams, discussion on friction, virtual work and stability. Dynamics deals with general plane motion of rigid bodies, use of translating and rotating frames of reference for analysis, plane kinetics and 3D kinematics.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any Interested Learners
PREREQUISITES It is a very basic course
Course Status : Ongoing
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 26 Jul 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 23 Oct 2021 IST
Enrollment Ends : 09 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Computational Engineering
  • Advanced Mechanics
  • Advanced Dynamics and Vibration
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Introduction and Force Systems
Week 2: Equilibrium of Rigid Bodies and Introduction to Trusses
Week 3: Analysis of Trusses and Introduction to Beams
Week 4: Analysis of Beams
Week 5: Virtual work and Energy relations
Week 6: Review so far and Friction
Week 7: Belt friction, Review of particle dynamics, Circular motion
Week 8: Plane kinematics of rigid bodies, absolute motion and relative motion
Week 9: Instantaneous center, Rotating frame of reference
Week 10: Choice of rotating frame and understanding Coriolis acceleration
Week 11: Plane kinetics
Week 12: 3D kinematics

Books and references

1.Mechanical Sciences, G.K. Lal, Vijay Gupta, N.G.R. Iyengar, B.N. Banerjee and K. Ramesh,
    Narosa Publishing House, 1998.ISBN: 81-7319-213-8
2.An Introduction to the Mechanics of Solids, Crandall, Dahl and Lardner, Mc Graw-Hill, New York, 1978 ISBN:0-07-Y66230-4
3.Dynamics, Meriam and Kraige, John Wiley and Sons, New York, ISBN:0-471-60208-6
4. Statics and Dynamics, Beer and Johnson

Instructor bio

Prof. K. Ramesh

IIT Madras
K. Ramesh is currently a Senior Professor at the Department of Applied Mechanics, IIT Madras; as its Chairman during (2005-2009) and formerly a Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, IIT Kanpur. He received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Regional Engineering College, Trichy (now NIT, Trichy), Postgraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the Doctoral Degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras. 
He has made significant contributions to the advancement of Digital Photoelasticity. This has resulted in a Monograph on Digital Photoelasticity - Advanced Techniques and Applications (2000), Springer, a chapter on Photoelasticity in the Springer Handbook of Experimental Solid Mechanics (2009) and a chapter on Digital Photoelasticity in the book on Digital Optical Measurement Techniques and Applications (2015), Artech House London. He has over 170 publications to date of which two have been reproduced in the Milestone Series of SPIE. His research has been funded by organizations such as ARDB, ISRO, DST, and NSF. He received the Zandman award for the year 2012, the only Indian to receive it since its inception in 1989, instituted by the Society for Experimental Mechanics, USA for his outstanding research contributions in applications utilizing photoelastic coatings. 
For Details See: https://home.iitm.ac.in/kramesh

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

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