Engineering Mechanics I

Engineering Mechanics I

The lecture is aimed at students of mechanical engineering, mechatronics, production engineering / logistics, energy technology and nanotechnology.

Event formLecture and exercise


The module teaches the basic methods and interconnections of statics for the description and analysis of rigid bodies. After successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Analyze and solve structural problems independently.

  • Explain the free-body principle and the free body diagram based on it.

  • Determine static equilibrium conditions of rigid bodies.

  • Analytically calculate bearing reactions (incl. friction effects).

  • Analyze statically determined truss.

  • Determine stress values (internal forces) on the beam.


  • Fundamental quantities, measuring units, vector analysis
  • Introduction into model creation, concept of force
  • Plane and three-dimensional groups of forces
  • NEWTON’s law of motion
  • Statics of rigid bodies
  • Parallel groups of forces, centre of force and centre of gravity
  • Adhesion and friction, rope friction
  • Beams and frames
  • Concepts of work and energy, stability

Literature and working materials

Lecture and exercise materials as well as the exam collection of the last exams with sample solutions can be found under the respective course in Stud.IP.

•          Handouts provided by the Institute of Continuum Mechanics    

Further literature:

  • Gross, D. ; Hauger, W. ; Schröder, J. ; Wall, W.: Technische Mechanik 1: Statik, Springer - Verlag, Berlin, 8. Auflage 2002.
  • Hagedorn, P.: Technische Mechanik 1: Statik, Verlag Harri Deutsch, 4. Auflage, 2006. 
  • Hibbeler, R.C.: Technische Mechanik 1: Statik, Verlag Pearson Studium, 10. Auflage, 2005.
  • Ulbrich, H. ; Weidemann H.-J. ; Pfeifer, F. : Technische Mechanik in Formeln, Aufgaben und Lösungen, B.C. Teubner Verlag/GWV Fachverlage GmbH, Wiesbaden, 3. Auflage, 2006.

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