Solids and Structures I

University of Galway

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Solids and Structures I

  • Host University

    University of Galway

  • Location

    Galway, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Admission to this course is subject to the agreement of the Head of the Discipline offering the course and will depend on the applicant's academic background in the relevant subject area.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    In this module the students consider more advanced topics on structural behaviour and use a variety of methods to solve for bending moments and shear forces in different structures. The analytical methods are supplemented by a number of computational analysis laboratories. Soild mechanics topics such as torsion, bending, shear and buckling are also considered. Some of the theoretical concepts are also illustrated through labortaory experiments while there is also a small computational component. 

    Learning Outcomes
    Identify the method of load transfer in structures
    Using qualitative methods, sketch the deformed shape and bending moment distribution in plane structures
    Use the Moment Distribution method for the analysis of continuous beams and plane frames
    Use the Principle of Virtual Work to determine the deformation and force distribution in statically determine and indeterminate structures
    Identify inflection points in multi-storey and multi-bay frames subject to gravity loads and lateral loads as part of the implementation of the approximate method of analysis, and thereafter determine the internal forces and moments of these frames
    Apply the approximate method of analysis to indeterminate trusses
    Define the duality of structural analysis: stiffness approach and flexibility approach. Application to propped cantilever
    Analyse engineering frames and trusses using the flexibility method
    Construct influence lines for shearing force, bending moment and deflection of structures
    Examine buckling of columns under a variety of end conditions and identify limitations in Euler theory.
    Analyse transverse shear for a variety of cross sections and determine the location of the shear centre.
    Identify principal axes for unsymmetrical sections by both analytical and Mohr’s circle methods
    Investigate bending behaviour in composite beams and beams with unsymmetric sections. Carry out investigations of inelastic bending including identification of plastic hinges.
    Assess torsion in circular and thin walled open and closed sections. Examine torsion beyond yield.
    Carry out experimental investigations of theoretical concepts and perform computational analyses of beams and frames.

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