Checking date: 09/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Mechanics of Structures
Study: Bachelor in Electrical Power Engineering (222)

Coordinating teacher: IVAÑEZ DEL POZO, INES

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

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
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
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
- The course will be 50% bimodal (synchronous online teaching in a master group or aggregate, face-to-face teaching in a small group). - 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
  • W.M.C. McKenzie. Examples in structural analysis. Taylor & Francis. 2006

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.