Checking date: 28/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Mechanics of Structures
Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering (Plan: 446 - Estudio: 221)

Coordinating teacher: NAYA MONTANS, FERNANDO

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

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


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
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Ferdinand Beer, Russell Johnston. . Vector mechanics for engineers. Statics.. Mc Graw Hill. . 2021
  • James M. Gere.. Mechanics of Materials (Timoshenko).. Brooks/Cole.. 2003
  • R.C.Hibbeler.. Engineering Mechanics: Statics.. Pearson.. 2015

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