Solid Mechanics area represents a part of the preparatory segment of the study cycle at the Mechanical Engineering Department, which provides the opportunity for students to learn about fundamentals of technical systems design and analysis, such as: law of motion determination, solving for static and dynamic forces and torques, solving for stress and deformation tensor components, etc. Doctoral study program „Mechanics“ includes topics from the research area of solid and deformable body mechanics, such as: design and analysis of mechanisms, walking and rehabilitative robots, fracture mechanics, etc.
The main purpose the Solid Mechanics Group (in further text, Mechanics) is to provide students with opportunities to acquire fundamental knowledge through the required courses that enables students to successfully study topics within areas of their specialization during the later phase of the study cycle at the department. In the frame of Mechanics, study program leads to acquired knowledge that is required for design and analysis of essential parameters of technical systems (laws of motion, forces, torques, dimensioning, rate of mechanical energy), which is a precondition for solving problems related to study of a wide range of technical areas in mechanical engineering (structural design, engines and vehicles, production processes, defense technologies, etc.).
The area Mechanics at the ME department was established in 1961. Postgraduate study program called Applied Mechanics was established and organized in 1982 and 2008 with two main research tracks: Machine Dynamics and Continuum Mechanics.
Doctoral study program Mechanics was established and has been successfully performed since 2015. The scientific area which is covered by Mechanics is the mechanics of a solid and deformable body. Some representative topics from the phd program are: kinematics and dynamics of complex mechanical systems, vibrations of linear and nonlinear systems, dynamical analysis and controls of walking and rehabilitative robots, static and dynamic stresses in mechanical system materials, fracture mechanics, etc.
Mechanics is currently in the process of establishing a multipurpose laboratory which will include: kinematics, dynamics and controls of mechanical systems (e.g. analysis of mechanism dynamics and walking robot controls), as well as stress and deformation measurements, i.e. testing the mechanical behavior and related parameters of materials.