British Columbia Institute of


POWR 0021 - Applied Mechanics Supplement

Power Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

Course Details

This course supplements the 1st and 2nd Class Applied Mechanics Paper A2/ A1 course, POWR 1225/ POWR 1220. Provides additional assistance in order for students to successfully complete the B.C. Safety Authority's exam. This course is run using virtual classroom environment (Elluminate) via the internet.


Presently registered in any 1st/2nd class power engineering course, or, will be registered in the future in a 1st/2nd class power engineering course, or, former student of 1st/ 2nd class power engineering.





Winter 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2019 term.

CRN 78234

Thu Feb 28 - Thu Jul 04 18 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Feb 28 - Jul 04 Thu 17:00 - 20:00 Online



Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Vclass program. Class held 2 weeks on and 1 week off. Registration must be authorized by the department 604-432-8390 or email:

Online registration for this course offering is not available. However, you can still register via phone, mail or in person.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will learn:

  • A.S.M.E. Code Calculations - Cylindrical Components:
    • Calculate minimum thickness or maximum allowable working pressure of piping, tubes, drums, and headers;
    • Calculate the required thickness or maximum allowable working pressure of a seamless, unsteady dished head;
    • Calculate the minimum required thickness or maximum allowable working pressure of unsteady flat heads, covers, and blind flanges;
    • Calculate the acceptability of openings in a cylindrical shell, header, or head;
    • Calculate the compensation required to reinforce an opening in a cylindrical shell, header, or head.
  • A.S.M.E. Code Calculations - Stayed Surfaces, Safety Valves, Furnaces:
    • Calculate the required thickness and design pressure for braced and stayed surfaces in pressure vessels and the minimum required cross section area of a stay;
    • Calculate the ligament efficiency method for two or more openings in the pressure boundary of a pressure vessel;
    • Calculate the required size and capacity of safety valves and safety relief valves;
    • Calculate required wall thicknesses of plain circular furnaces, circular flues, and corrugated furnaces.
  • Linear Motion:
    • Calculate the displacement, velocity, and acceleration of bodies;
    • Describe the relationship between mass, force, acceleration and weight;
    • Explain inertia and momentum;
    • Calculate kinetic energy;
    • Calculate potential energy;
    • Explain Law of Conversation of Energy;
    • Define and calculate indicated power.
  • Angular Motion:
    • Calculate the angular displacement, angular velocity, and angular acceleration of bodies;
    • Define and calculate moment of inertia, radius of gyration and torque;
    • Define and calculate kinetic energy of rotation;
    • Define work and power;
    • Calculate power transmitted by a belt drive;
    • Define and calculate centrifugal and centripetal force and acceleration.
  • Friction:
    • Describe concepts, types and laws of friction;
    • Define and calculate the coefficient of friction and applied forces for objects moved on a horizontal surfaces by forces parallel to the inclined plane;
    • Define and calculate the coefficient of friction and applied forces for objects moved on a horizontal surfaces by forces not parallel to the inclined plane;
    • Define and calculate the applied forces for objects moved on an inclined plane;
    • Define and calculate the frictional forces on a screw jack;
    • Define and calculate maximum torque on a belt drive.
  • Static and Dynamic Forces:
    • Define and evaluate forces in terms of moments and couples;
    • Define and calculate centroids and first and second moment of areas;
    • Define and calculate the different types of stress;
    • Define and calculate strain, modulus of elasticity, and Poisson's ratio;
    • Define the thermal expansion;
    • Define and calculate shear forces and bending moments for simply supported beams and cantilevers;
    • Calculate torque and stress;
    • Calculate stress in coupling bolts due to torque.
  • Fluid Mechanics:
    • Describe the basics of fluid mechanics;
    • Calculate static pressure;
    • Define and calculate thermal expansion of a vessel and its liquid contents;
    • Describe flow in open channels;
    • Describe flow in a pipe;
    • Bernoulli's equation;
    • Application of Bernoulli's equation.

Effective as of Fall 2009


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