Teaching and learning systems for experiments in engineering mechanics.
The full range of GUNT experimentation units represents a comprehensive, self-contained laboratory cycle incorporating experimental exploration of all essential topics.
Statics is the study of the effect of forces on rigid bodies, which are in quilibrium. The main task of static analysis is to determine the equilibrium of the forces applied on a body or a mechanical system.
Strength of materials deals with the effect of forces on deformable bodies. In addition, material-dependent parameters should be considered as well. An introduction to the strength of materials is, therefore, given by the concept of stress and strain and by Hooke’s law, which is applied to tension, pressure, torsion and bending problems.
Dynamics comprises kinetics and kinematics. In practice, the difference between kinematics and kinetics is the way of looking at the same machine or component. Kinematic questions only consider the geometry of the motion. Kinetics also takes into account the cause of the motion.
The aim of dynamics is to calculate the stress and strain on components or systems in order to be able to design them.
Machine dynamics refer to the study of a system’s motion based on the forces acting on the system. Machine dynamics apply knowledge of engineering mechanics, especially dynamics, to the problems of real machines.
Engineering design is a central and challenging area of learning within engineering education.By carefully developing fundamental topics such as statics, strength of materials and dynamics, machine elements, materials testing, descriptive geometry and engineering drawings, students are prepared for subsequent professional activities.
Materials testing studies the behaviour of materials under different loads. In particular, the relationship between the acting forces and the resulting deformation and the limit stresses that lead to failure of components are considered. There is a range of standardised testing methods to characterise the mechanical properties of materials as precisely as possible.