Course: 2023/2024

Mechanics of Structures

(14025)

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

Skills and learning outcomes

Description of contents: programme

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: REACTIONS FORCES
2.1 Computation of reactions in statically determinate structures
2.2 Computation of reactions in statically indeterminate externally structures
Topic 3: MASS GEOMETRY
3.1 Centre of mass of planar bodies
3.2 Moment of inertia of planar bodies
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 for complex beams
6.2 Determination of internal forces for frames
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
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
V: PRINCIPLES OF STRENTH OF MATERIALS. GENERAL STUDY OF STRUCTURAL BEHAVIOUR OF CROSS 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
VI: INTRODUCTION TO EXPERIMENTAL METHODS FOR STRUCTURAL MECHANICS ENGINEERING APPLICATIONS
Laboratory sessions

Learning activities and methodology

- Face-to-face teaching.
- In order to pass the subject, attendance and completion of the laboratory sessions in the weekly planning are compulsory. The mark of lab practices in the continuous evaluation corresponds to what is established in the subject, in accordance with the university regulations. In the subject "Mechanics of Structures", the laboratory sessions take the value of 37.5% of the mark of the continuous evaluation (15/40).

Assessment System

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

Basic Bibliography

- F.P. Beer, E. Russel Johnston. Vector Mechanics for Engineers., Vol. Static. McGraw Hill. 1994
- J. Case. Strength of material and structures. Ed. Arnold. 1999
- J.M. Gere. Mechanics of materials. Ed. Thomson. 2002
- W.M.C. McKenzie. Examples in structural analysis. Taylor & Francis. 2006

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