Mechanics of Solids

By Prof. Priyanka Ghosh   |   IIT Kanpur
Learners enrolled: 2542

This course is to serve as an introduction to mechanics of deformable solid bodies. The primary course objective is to equip the students with the tools necessary to solve mechanics problems, which involves (a) static analysis of a component to find the internal actions (forces and moments), (b) determine stresses, strains and deformation due to internal actions, and (c) compare them with known acceptable values. This requires the familiarity with the vocabulary of the subject, skill of drawing free body diagrams and the understanding of the material behavior under loads. It is expected to improve your engineering design skills.


PREREQUISITES: Physics/Mathematics

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Civil construction companies, PWD, PHE, Irrigation, Mechanical companies, Aerospace engineering companies, Material engineering companies etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Category :
  • Civil Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate

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Course layout

Week 1: Fundamental principles of mechanics
Week 2: Introduction to Mechanics of Deformable Bodies
Week 3: Concept of Stress 
Week 4: Concept of Strain
Week 5: Stress-strain Temperature Relations
Week 6: Forces and Moments Transmitted by Slender Members
Week 7: Torsion
Week 8: Stresses due to Bending 
Week 9: Concept of Strain Energy and Yield Criteria 
Week 10: Deflections due to Bending 
Week 11: Deflection using Strain Energy Method
Week 12: Stability of Equilibrium: Buckling 

Books and references

1.Crandall, S. H., Dahl, N. C. and Lardner, T. J. (2012). An Introduction of the Mechanics of Solids, 3rd ed., Tata McGraw Hill.
2.Shames, I. H. (2004). Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics, 4th ed., Prentice Hall of India. 
3.Meriam, J. L. and Kraige, L. G. (2004). Engineering Mechanics Statics, 5h ed., John Wiley and Sons. 
4.Popov, E. P. (1998). Engineering Mechanics of Solids, Pearson. 

Instructor bio

Prof. Priyanka Ghosh

IIT Kanpur
Dr. Priyanka Ghosh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, IIT Kanpur. After completion of PhD from IISc, Bangalore in 2005, he served as faculty member at BITS, Pilani, IIT Kharagpur and IIT Kanpur. His primary research focus is in Computational Geomechanics and in particular, analysis of foundations, ground anchors, retaining structures, vibration isolation and geopolymers. He is the recipient of several awards like “IEI Young Engineers Award” by The Institute of Engineers (India), “Outstanding Young Investigator Award” by International Association for Computer Methods and Advances in Geomechanics (IACMAG), USA, “Scholarship for Young Indian Researchers” by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, “Indo-US Research Fellowship” by Indo-US S&T Forum, “Class of 1982 Research Fellowship” by IIT Kanpur etc. He has published several research papers in various international journals and conferences. He has guided several post graduate students for their thesis work and taught different courses in various capacities. He has completed a number of sponsored research projects funded by different government organization such as Dept. of Science and Technology (DST), India; Research Design and Standards Organisation (RDSO), Indian Railway, India etc.

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 April 2022 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 Kanpur .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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