Checking date: 19/07/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Mechanics of Structures
Bachelor in Energy Engineering (Plan: 452 - Estudio: 280)

Coordinating teacher: GARCIA GONZALEZ, DANIEL

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

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 1. Have knowledge and understanding of the principles of strength of materials and structural calculus. 2. Be aware of the multidisciplinary context of industrial engineering. 3. Have the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve material strength and structural calculation problems using established methods. 4. Ability to design and perform experiments, interpret data and draw conclusions. 5. Have technical and laboratory skills. 6. Have the ability to select and use appropriate equipment, tools and methods. 7. Be able to combine theory and practice to solve problems of material strength and structural calculation. 8. Have an understanding of applicable methods and techniques and their limitations.
Skills and learning outcomes
CB1. Students have demonstrated possession and understanding of knowledge in an area of study that builds on the foundation of general secondary education, and is usually at a level that, while relying on advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that involve knowledge from the cutting edge of their field of study. CB2. Students are able to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the competences usually demonstrated through the development and defence of arguments and problem solving within their field of study. CB3. Students have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their field of study) in order to make judgements which include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues. CB4. Students should be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences. CB5. Students will have developed the learning skills necessary to undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy. CG10. Being able to work in a multi-lingual and multidisciplinary environment CE2 Módulo CRI. Knowledge and abilities to apply the fundamentals of elasticity and materials resistance to the behavior of real solid structures. CE15 Módulo CRI. Theoretical and practical fundamentals for calculus of stresses in structures and of the motion of structural resistant elements subjected to different stresses. CE18 Módulo CRI. Understanding of the relationship between the materials microstructure, synthesis or processing and their properties. CT1. Ability to communicate knowledge orally as well as in writing to a specialized and non-specialized public. CT2. Ability to establish good interpersonal communication and to work in multidisciplinary and international teams. CT3. Ability to organize and plan work, making appropriate decisions based on available information, gathering and interpreting relevant data to make sound judgement within the study area. CT4. Motivation and ability to commit to lifelong autonomous learning to enable graduates to adapt to any new situation. By the end of this content area, students will be able to have: RA1.1 knowledge and understanding of strength of materials and structural calculus. RA1.2 a systematic understanding of the key aspects and concepts of mechanics of structures. RA1.4 awareness of the wider multidisciplinary context of engineering. RA2.1 the ability to apply their knowledge and understanding to identify, formulate and solve problems of strength of materials and structural calculus using established methods; RA4.2 the ability to design and conduct appropriate experiments, interpret the data and draw conclusions; RA4.3 workshop and laboratory skills. RA5.1 the ability to select and use appropriate equipment, tools and methods; RA5.2 the ability to combine theory and practice to solve problems of strength of materials and structural calculus RA5.3 an understanding of applicable techniques and methods in mechanics of structures, and of their limitations;
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 STRENGTH 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 3 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
  • Ferdinand Beer, Russell Johnston. Vector Mechanics for Engineers, Vol. 1, Statics. Mc Graw 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 and Francis . 2006

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