# Mechanics of Structures

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

## Course Description

• ### Course Name

Mechanics of Structures

• ### Host University

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

• ### Location

Madrid, Spain

• ### Area of Study

Engineering Science and Math, Mechanical Engineering

• ### Language Level

Taught In English

• ### Course Level Recommendations

Lower

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### Hours & Credits

• ECTS Credits

6
• Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
3
• Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
4
• ### Overview

Mechanics of Structures (256 - 15504)
Bachelor in Industrial Technology Engineering
Semester 2/Spring Semester
2nd Year/Lower Division

Competences and Skills that will be Acquired and Learning Results:

Knowledge and basic techniques of Solids Mechanics
Knowledge and application of principles of Strength of Materials
Theoretical and practical bases for lineal calculus of isostatic systems
Capacity of analysis and evaluation with critical sense of results of structural calculus

Description of Contents/Course Description:

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
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:

Continuum assessment system based on short tests and laboratory reports.
Master class, sessions of questions resolution in reduced groups, students presentations, individual sessions, and personal student work for theoretical knowledge.
Practical sessions of laboratory and sessions of problems in reduced groups, individual sessions, and personal student work for practical knowledge.

A minimum grade of 4.5 in the final exam is required to take into account the continuum 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

### Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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