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ZUG2029 – Strength of Materials under Simple Loading Conditions

Undergraduate – Module

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this module is offered.


Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 1, 2019 (Mainstream Programme)
  • Semester 1, 2020 (Extended Programme)

12 credits, NQF Level 6


Strength of material involves the use of analytical tools to determine the integrity of material behaviour when subjected to externally applied loads. These materials are being selected for use in mechanical structures. The effect of the applied loads on the material is the deformation and displacement within the loaded material itself. The end results is the generation of internal stresses that may result in structural failure if the material is not correctly selected and the structure is not appropriately sized to permit the internal generation of stresses under specified loads.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Understand various types of structural loadings
2Understand of fundamental principles in failure analysis
3Perform calculations on material behaviour under loading conditions
4Select suitable material for the given type of structural loading
5Determine and apply factors of safety accordingly
6Perform ergonomically friendly designs
7Understand the relationship between stress and various methods of deformation


Coursework assessment: 25%
Examination: 75%

Workload requirements

Safe performance of structural members in operation is the critical element in the study of the strength of material. This module forms an integral part of engineering design with regard to safe operation of structural arrangements. It introduces failure analysis theories that analyse internal deformation and displacement of the loaded material to ensure safe operation of the mechanical structures. There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements and class tests. All outcomes will be assessed by means of class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)





Material Science and Properties, Mechanics: The Interaction of Forces