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, 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.