Course: Experimental methods in solid mechanics

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Course title Experimental methods in solid mechanics
Course code NTI/EMM
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 5
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements Course does not contain work placement
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Šidlof Petr, doc. Ing. Ph.D.
  • Bílek Petr, Ing. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Elementary concepts of the mechanics of elastic bodies. 2. Strain gauge measurements. Connection of strain gauges into the quarter-bridge, half-bridge and full bridge. 3. Data acquisition hardware and software. 4. Plane bending of a beam. 5. NI LabView fundamentals. Creating a simple measurement software using express functions. 6. Densimeter - first experimental problem. 7. Elementary concepts of the theory of undamped linear oscillation of lumped-parameter systems. 8. Damped vibration. Influence of the mass and linear viscous damping on the free vibration of a clamped beam - second experimental problem. 9. Multiaxial stress. Plane stress and plane strain. Stress states in a pressure vessel loaded by internal pressure. 10. LabView programming. Creating a measurement software using the elementary LabView blocks. Measurement of deformation on a wall of a pressure vessel - third experimental problem. 11. Torsion of a straight prismatic rod. 12. Realization of a torque wrench based on measurement of torsion - fourth experimental problem. 13. Optical method in deformation measurements. High-speed imaging. 14. Evaluation of an impact test using high-speed camera - fifth experimental problem.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monological explanation (lecture, presentation,briefing)
  • Class attendance - 56 hours per semester
  • Home preparation for classes - 54 hours per semester
  • Preparation for exam - 40 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course introduces the students into experimental methods in the mechanics of elastic bodies, namely strain gauge measurements and optical methods in deformation measurements. Through laboratory experiments, the students learn to apply these methods in practical situations of structures loaded by various stresses, to perform data acquisition, process the results and write a measurement report. Instead of using pre-built setups and data acquisition systems, the students realize a self-made measurement chain, beginning with transducer installation and ending by creating a simple measurement software. The laboratory experiments are supplemented by lectures from relevant parts of linear elasticity and excursions to research and development labs.
The course allows to obtain basic insight in the field of the experimental methods in mechanics of elastic bodies and to acquire practical experience with deformation measurements. The students master selected parts of the linear elasticity, and learn to install the transducers, set up a simple measurement chain, acquire and log the data and write a measurement report.

Assessment methods and criteria
Written assignment

Credit: Participation on seminars. Elaboration projects and their presentation.
Recommended literature
  • Manuály a webové stránky výrobců a dodavatelů měřících technik a zařízení.
  • Klaboch, L. Experimentální metody I., Skriptum.. ČVÚT Praha, 1982.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Interdisciplinary Studies Study plan (Version): Mechatronics (2016) Category: Special and interdisciplinary fields 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter