Course: 2022/2023

Mechanics of Structures

(14195)

By the end of this subject, students will be able to:
1. knowledge and understanding of strength of materials and structural calculus.
2. the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve problems of strength of materials and structural calculus using established methods;
3. the ability to design and conduct appropriate experiments, interpret the data and draw conclusions;
4. workshop and laboratory skills.
5. the ability to select and use appropriate equipment, tools and methods;
6. the ability to combine theory and practice to solve problems of strength of materials and structural calculus
7. an understanding of applicable techniques and methods in mechanics of structures, and their limitations;

Skills and learning outcomes

Description of contents: programme

PART I: BEHAVIOUR OF REAL BODY EQUILIBRIUM AND CALCULUS OF REACTIONS FOR STRUCTURAL MECHANICS
Topic 1: FORCE SYSTEMS AND EQUILIBRIUM
1.1 Main concepts
1.2 Force systems and equivalent force systems
Topic 2: REACTION FORCES
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Computation of reactions in statically determinate structures
Topic 3: REACTION FORCES (II)
3.1 Introduction
3.2 Computation of reactions in external statically indeterminate structures
PART II: FORCE LAWS IN ISOSTATIC STRUCTURES
Topic 4: FORCE LAWS (I)
4.1 Concept and types of internal forces
4.2 Relationship between load, shear force and bending moment
Topic 5: FORCE LAWS (II)
5.1 Determination of internal forces in simple beams
5.2 Determination of internal forces in archs
Topic 6: FORCE LAWS (III)
6.1 Determination of internal forces in complex beams
6.2 Determination of internal forces in frames
PART III: TRUSS STRUCTURES AND CABLE STRUCTURES
Topic 7: TRUSSES
7.1 Internal forces for trusses
7.2 Resolution procedures
Topic 8: CABLES
8.1 Cables under concentrated loads
8.2 Cables under distributed loads
PART IV: CONCEPT OF UNIAXIAL STRESS AND UNIAXIAL STRAIN. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STRESS AND STRAIN IN ELASTIC SOLIDS
Topic 9: DEFORMABLE BODY
9.1 Main concepts. Cauchy stress
9.2 Mechanical behaviour of solids
PART V: PRINCIPLES OF STRENGTH OF MATERIALS. GENERAL STUDY OF STRUCTURAL BEHAVIOUR OF SECTION STRENGTH
Topic 10: TENSILE/COMPRESSION (I)
10.1 Principles of strength of materials
10.2 Tensile and compressive axial force
Topic 11: BENDING (II)
11.1 Strength of materials. Bending (I)
11.2 Pure bending
Topic 12: BENDING (III)
12.1 Strength of materials. Bending (II)
12.2 Complex bending
PART VI: INTRODUCTION TO EXPERIMENTAL METHODS FOR STRUCTURAL MECHANICS ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS
4 Laboratory sessions

Learning activities and methodology

Master class, sessions of questions resolution in reduced groups, students presentations, individual sessions, and personal student work for theoretical knowledge (3 ECTS).
Practical sessions of laboratory and sessions of problems in reduced groups, individual sessions, and personal student work for practical knowledge (3 ECTS).

Assessment System

- % end-of-term-examination 60
- % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Basic Bibliography

- Ferdinand Beer, Russell Johnston Ninth Edition. . Vector Mechanics for Engineers. Statics.. Mc Graw Hill. . 2007

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.