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Undergraduate Course: Structural Mechanics 2B (CIVE08010)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course builds upon the basic principles of structural mechanics learnt in Structural Mechanics 2A (SCEE08002). It investigates more complex types of structures, and focuses upon structural mechanics in a civil engineering context. The course describes the behaviour of beams under complex and combined loads (including moving loads), the 2D mechanics of materials, the buckling of columns, the analysis of trusses, and introduces the analysis of indeterminate structures.
Course description This course follows a traditional lecture format, with weekly tutorials and a computer-based project.


Topic 1 - Introduction to buckling
- Euler buckling, bifurcation states and eigenvalue analysis
- Support conditions, effective length, slenderness ratio, major and minor axis buckling.

Topic 2 - 2D Stress and Strain Analysis
- Stress transformations in 2D by equilibrium and using Mohr's circle; principal stresses and directions.
- von Mises and Tresca failure criteria in 2D and 3D.
- 3D elastic constitutive relationships; plane stress; plane strain.
- Mohr's Circle for Strain. Strain gauge rosettes.

Topic 3 - Introduction and Trusses
- Course structure and context.
- Truss analysis using the method of sections and the method of joints.

Topic 4 - Beam deflection
- Discontinuities of loading and use of Macaulay bracket analysis to determine beam deflection under various load cases.

Topic 5 - An introduction to statically indeterminate structures.
- Determinacy and compatibility in simple beams.
- Indeterminate analysis by superposition.

Topic 6 - Moving loads and load combinations.
- Influence lines for reactions and stress resultants.
- Influence lines for trains of loads.
- Moment envelopes for indeterminate beams.


T1 Warm-up exercises
T2 Buckling of columns
T3 Stress transformation and failure criteria
T4 2D elasticity and strain transformation
T5 Analysis of trusses
T6 Deflection of beams
T7 Simple redundant beams
T8 Moving loads and load combinations


A project that explores the concepts introduced in lectures and refers to buckling. Each student is required to submit a project report.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Structural Mechanics 2A (SCEE08002)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesCan only be taken by visiting students who have also attended "U00460: Structural Mechanics 2A" in semester 1
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 64 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 85 %, Coursework 15 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Examination (85%); Coursework (15%)


The examination will be 2 hours long, with two compulsory questions.


A full project report is required.
Feedback short quizzes
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. determine the deflected shape of beams and analyse simple statically indeterminate structures;
  2. draw influence lines for moving loads;
  3. analyse two dimensional truss structures;
  4. determine the behaviour of elastic materials subjected to two-dimensional stress states; and
  5. describe how a simple column will buckle under a variety of end restraints.
Reading List
Alternative coverage of course material:

- J.M. Gere, "Mechanics of Materials", 6th Edition, Thomson.

- R.C.Hibbeler, "Mechanics of Materials", 6th Edition, Pearson Education.

- M.S. Williams and J.D. Todd, "Structures, Theory and Analysis", MacMillan Press.

- T. H. G. Megson, "Structural and Stress Analysis", Butterworth-Heinemann.

- T. V. Galambos and A. E. Surovek, "Structural Stability of Steel Concepts and Applications for Structural Engineers", (2008), Blackwell's.

Further reading:

- J.E. Gordon, "Structures, or why things don't fall down", Penguin Books.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsbuckling,stress,strain,Mohr circle,truss,beam deflection,redundant structure,influence line
Course organiserProf Spyridon Karamanos
Tel: (0131 6)50 5727
Course secretaryMr Craig Hovell
Tel: (0131 6)51 7080
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