Checking date: 13/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Strength of Materials
Study: Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (221)

Coordinating teacher: ZAERA POLO, RAMON EULALIO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Continuum Mechanics and Structural Analysis

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Mechanics of Structures Elasticity.
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
By the end of this subject, students will be able to have: 1. a systematic understanding of the key aspects and concepts of strength of materials on the behavior of real solids. 2. coherent knowledge of mechanical engineering including some at the forefront of the branch in strength of materials. 3. the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve problems of strength of materials using established methods 4. the ability to select and apply relevant analytic and modelling methods in strength of materials . 5. the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to develop and realise designs in strength of materials to meet defined and specified requirements; 6. an understanding of design methodologies in strength of materials , and an ability to use them. 7. the ability to design and conduct appropriate experiments of strength of materials , interpret the data and draw conclusions; 8. workshop and laboratory skills in strength of materials . 9. the ability to select and use appropriate equipment, tools and methods to solve problems of strength of materials ; 10. the ability to combine theory and practice to solve problems of strength of materials ; 11. an understanding of applicable techniques and methods in strength of materials , and of their limitations.
Description of contents: programme
1. PART 1: STRESSES IN PRISMATIC ELEMENTS 1.1. Normal stresses: axial force and bending moment 1.2. Shear stresses: shear force and torsion PART 2: MOVEMENTS IN PRISMATIC ELEMENTS 2.1. Navier-Bresse equations 2.2. Mohr theorems 2.3. Equation of the Elastica PART 3: ENERGETIC THEOREMS 3.1. Work of the extrenal forces 3.2. Elastic energy stored in the prismatic element 3.3. Maxwell-Betti theorem 3.4. First Castigliano theorem. Applications PART 4: SOLVING STATICALLY INDETERMINATE STRUCTURES 4.1. Fundamentals of structural analysis 4.2. Beams 4.3. Truss structures 4.4. Frame structures
Learning activities and methodology
In each week one lecture session (master class) and one practical session (in reduced groups) will be taught. The first is geared to the acquisition of theoretical knowledge, and the second to the acquisition of practical skills related to theoretical concepts. In addition to this sessions two laboratory practical sessions in reduced groups (maximum 20 students) will be impart. Students will have the possibility of individual tutorials. Students will have the possibility of individual tutorials. Also, there could be group tutoring session.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • F.P. Beer, E.R. Johnston, J.T. DeWolf, D.F. Mazurek. Mechanics of Materials. McGraw-Hill. 2013
  • J.M. Gere, S. Timoshenko. Mechanics of Materials (8th Ed.). Cengage Learning. 2009
Additional Bibliography
  • Russell C. Hibbeler . Structural Analysis (9th Ed.). Pearson. 2014

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.