Checking date: 20/01/2023

Course: 2022/2023

Mechanics of Structures
Study: Bachelor in Industrial Technologies Engineering (256)

Coordinating teacher: GARZON HERNANDEZ, SARA

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 have: 1. Knowledge and understanding: Having basic knowledge and understanding of science, mathematics and engineering within the industrial field, as well as a knowledge of the Mechanics of Solids and Structures. 2. Engineering Analysis: Being able to identify engineering problems within the industrial field, recognize specifications, establish different resolution methods and select the most appropriate for their solution. 3. Research and Innovation: Being able to use appropriate methods to carry out research and make innovative contributions in the field of Industrial Engineering. 4. Engineering Applications: Being able to apply their knowledge and understanding to solve problems, and design devices or processes in the field of industrial engineering according to criteria of cost, quality, safety, efficiency and respect for the environment. 5. knowledge and understanding of strength of materials and structural calculus. 6. awareness of the wider multidisciplinary context of engineering. 7. the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve problems of strength of materials and structural calculus using established methods; 8. the ability to design and conduct appropriate experiments, interpret the data and draw conclusions; 9. workshop and laboratory skills. 10. the ability to select and use appropriate equipment, tools and methods; 11. the ability to combine theory and practice to solve problems of strength of materials and structural calculus 12. 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 STRENGHT OF MATERIALS. GENERAL STUDY OF STRUCTURAL BEHAVIOUR OF SECTION STRENGTH Topic 10: TENSILE/COMPRESSION (I) 10.1 Principles of strenght 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 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). Additionally, collective tutorship can be included in the programme.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • F.P. Beer, E. Russel Johnston. Vector Mechanics for Engineers., Vol. Static. McGraw Hill. 1994
  • J. Case. Strength of material and structures. 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.