Undergraduate Course: Structural Mechanics 2 (CIVE08026)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course engages students with the fundamental principles of Structural Mechanics relevant to civil and mechanical engineers. Specific topics including: equilibrium, stress, strain, axial load, torsion, bending, shear, and deflections in structural elements including beams, columns, struts, ties, and trusses.
- T1 Introduction and Overview: Course structure and organisation. What is structural mechanics?
- T2 Structural forms: Structural elements and examples. Strength and stiffness. Loads and factors.
- T3 Global Equilibrium: Forces and moments, point and distributed loads. Support conditions. Global equilibrium of structures. Concept of structural determinacy and indeterminacy.
- T4 Free Body Diagrams and Stress Resultants
Truss equilibrium. Stress resultants in struts (axial load), shafts (torsion), beams (shear and bending) and pressure vessels (membrane forces).
- T5 Members carrying Axial Load
Simple mechanical behaviour. Deformation (due to load and thermal strain).
- T6 Members carrying Torsion
Torsion of circular shafts and other closed sections. Torsional stiffness and deformation.
- T7 Stress Resultants in Determinate Beams (1)
Sign conventions. Shear force and bending moment diagrams.
- T8 Stress Resultants in Determinate Beams (2)
Relationships between w, V, and M
- T9 Bending of Beams (1)
Euler Beam Theory. Curvature. Plane sections. Bending strains
- T10 Bending of Beams (2)
Euler Beam Theory. Elastic bending stresses. The neutral axis. Moment - curvature - stress - strain relationships.
- T11 Deflection of Beams
Double integration of curvature to find deflection. Support boundary conditions. Beam stiffness
- T12 Superposition of Deflection
Deflection coefficients. Superposition of deflections.
- T13 Geometric Section Properties
Area, 2nd moments of area, Parallel axis theorem. Rectangular, circular, T and I sections
- T14 Composite Beam Sections
Modular ratio and equivalent section. Stress and strain diagrams.
- T15 Shear Stresses in Beams (1)
Complimentary shear. Derivation of shear stress formulae.
- T16 Shear Stresses in Beams (2)
Shear flow. Rectangular, box and flanged sections.
- T17 Combined Loading
Combining axial, torsion, shear and biaxial bending stresses.
- T18 Stress and Strain Transformation
Plane stress, plane strain. Mohr's circle.
- 9 'Tutorials' (Format to be decided)
- 4-6 'Physical Experiments/Demonstrations' (Format to be decided)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 18,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 3,
Online Activities 0.5,
Summative Assessment Hours 1.5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam %: 80
Practical Exam %: 0
Coursework %: 20
The School has a 40% Rule for 1st and 2nd year courses, i.e. you must achieve a minimum of 40% in coursework and 40% in written exam components, as well as an overall mark of 40% to pass a course. If you fail a course you will be required to resit it. You are only required to resit components which have been failed.
||Weekly seminars and written feedback on coursework.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||1:30|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||1:30|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Describe and manipulate fundamental concepts of stress, strain, and deformation in members carrying axial, bending, shear, and torsional loads;
- Determine how statically determinate trusses and beams carry load; for beams using diagrams of bending moment and shear force, and evaluate the resulting elastic deflections of the beams;
- Analyse structural cross sections, so as to determine the elastic stress and strain distributions, as well as the deformations, resulting from axial, bending and torsional actions;
- Describe and manipulate relevant concepts of combined loadings and stress and strain transformation.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Thomas Reynolds
Tel: (0131 6)50 5633
|Course secretary||Miss Paulina Wisniowska