Structural Mechanics

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Structural Mechanics

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ENGG1400 and (MATH1051 or MATH1071) and (MATH1052 or MATH1072)

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    Course Description
    Analysis of statically determinate structures. Section properties, principal axes & Mohr's circle, unsymmetrical bending, torsion of circular shafts. Shear stresses in solid & thin-walled sections. Stress-strain in 2D. Deflection in beams, double integration, moment-area & unit-load methods. Deflection in truss & frame structures. Influence lines. Column & beam buckling.


    Course Introduction
    This course introduces students to some fundamental aspects of the mechanics of structures. The course content provides a basis on which advanced analysis and design skills are developed in later semesters. The course uses a lecture-tutorial teaching format (3L+1T per week). Attendance of these lectures and tutorials is essential for mastering the concepts and techniques that will be introduced throughout this course. An optional weekly contact hour is also scheduled to provide additional help to students.


    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

    1  Analytical: Competently use fundamental theory and analysis techniques to identify and solve problems in structural mechanics.
    2  Conceptual: Understand the concepts of stress and strain, analysis techniques including virtual work and energy methods, and aspects of bending, torsion, deflection and stability.
    3  Critical Thinking: Develop insight into the behaviour of structural elements under a range of load actions.


    Class Contact
    3 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour

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