Theory of Structures 1

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Theory of Structures 1

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Civil Engineering

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Content covered in GENG1001 Introductory Mechanics.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    To introduce students to mechanics of structures under static loading conditions. The course forms the second of the sequence dealing with structural engineering and geotechnics for Civil and Environmental engineering students.
    Specifically, the objective is to teach students the methods and techniques outlined in the syllabus such that they can solve the type of problems as outlined in the lectures, in the lecture notes and as discussed in tutorials.
    1. To translate a stated problem in theory of structures to an analytic form.
    2. To apply appropriate solution techniques to the problem.
    3. To be able to actually solve the problem.
    4. To understand the meaning of the outcome, and
    5. To be aware of the limitations of the methods of solution and the outcomes.
    Basic assumptions of theory of structures: ideal materials, small deflections.
    Stress, strain, extension of bars.
    Thermal stresses, thin shells.
    Bending moment and shear force diagrams for beams and simple frames.
    Properties of areas.
    Stresses due to bending: normal and shear.
    Beam deflection: integration and unit-load theorem.
    Stability: column buckling.
    Shear centre, torsion of circular sections.
    Principle of work and energy.

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