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Solid mechanics 1, network and electric machines


Programme (detailed contents):


Vector algebra. Axisymmetric vector fields. The “Torseur” formalism, or “screw”.

Types of forces. Vector representation of elementary forces. Moment about a point and about an axis, in 2-D & 3-D. Spatial force systems and equivalent “force torseur”, or “wrench”.

Linkages. Force transmissibility.

Statics, equilibrium of a rigid body.

Equilibrium of multibody systems. Analytical solutions. Static determinacy and indeterminacy. Graphical solutions in 2D.

Coulomb dry friction laws, friction angle. Grip and slip. 2D problems involving dry friction. Failover. Jamming.

Kinematics of particles: motion of a point, velocity, acceleration, trajectory.

Kinematics of a rigid body. “Kinematic Torseur” or “twist”: instantaneous rotation vector and velocity vector.

Absolute and relative motion. Kinematics of multibody systems.

General plane motion. Instantaneous rotation centre of a rigid body. Analytical and graphical solution of planar mechanisms.

Rotation about a fixed point. Euler's angles.


Notions on the production and the distribution of the electrical energy: network high, average, low-voltage.

Direct and alternative (alternate) current (mono and three-phase). Increase (recovery) of the power factor. Safety standard.

Transformer. Electric powers. Principle of functioning of the electric machines. Synchronous and asynchronous engine.





Lectures and tutorials and labs


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):


-    Vector algebra fundamentals. The “Torseur” formalism.

-    The modeling of forces, the concept of moment of force.

-    The usual linkages between two rigid bodies; the modeling of the interaction forces.

-    The Statics fundamentals: principles for analysis of rigid body equilibrium, in 2-D & 3-D.

-    Kinematics fundamentals: principles for analysis of position, velocity, acceleration.

-    The relative motion; kinematics of rigid body systems.



The student will be able to:


-    Set the force system modeling the action due to an external load or to a linkage on a rigid body.

-    Determine whether a rigid body, or a mechanism, is statically determinate or indeterminate.

-    Solve analytically the equilibrium of 3-D statically determinate problems.

-    Calculate the reactions at the supports and the interaction forces at the linkages.

-    Solve graphically problems involving 3 forces.

-    Solve analytically and graphically 2-D problems involving friction.

-    Calculate velocities and accelerations, absolute and relative.

-    Calculate various velocities of a rigid body particle, part of a mechanism.

-    Solve graphically kinematics problems related to planar mechanisms.

-    Solve Statics and Kinematics problems methodically and rigorously.

-    Recognize networks high and low-voltage in a company.

  • Distinguish the single-phase and three-phase networks.
  • Recognize the modules of electrical safety.
  • Estimate the electric powers involvements in an installation.
  • Differentiate DC motors and AC motors.
  • Analyze the characteristics of an electric motor.
  • Choose, according to the specifications of the application, an electric motor.

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...

Additional information

Horaire :

 - 16 séances de cours et 17 séances de TD : 41.25 h pour l'étudiant, dont 2 séances de cours et 2 séances de TD issues de l’ancienne partie « Maths » et relative à la partie torseurs

- 1 examen formatif : 1.25h

- 1 examen évaluatif : 2h

28 heures sur les réseaux et machines électriques