(Created 2011-09-01.)

MECHANICS OF MATERIALS | VSMA10 |

**Aim**

The aim of the course is to give an introduction to mechanics of materials with application to simple types of structures that are common in buildings and infrastructure.

The course is intended as basic general knowledge for a BSc in Civil Engineering and to give necessary prerequisites for further studies in geotechnical engineering and structural mechanics.

*Knowledge and understanding*

For a passing grade the student must

- Be able to explain and use the concepts of force, moment, equilibrium, stress and strain.
- Be able to explain and make use of Hooke´s law with extensions.

*Skills and abilities*

For a passing grade the student must

- Be able to determine forces in statically determinate trusses.
- Be able to determine forces, displacements, stress and strain in statically determinate and indeterminate bar structures.
- Be able to determine shear stress and shear strain in simple structures.
- Be able to determine forces and normal stress in statically determinate beams.

*Judgement and approach*

For a passing grade the student must

- Be able to assess the reasonableness in an obtained result.

**Contents**

The course starts with a discussion of the concepts of force, moment, free-body diagrams and equilibrium, with application to trusses, and introduction of the concepts stress and strain.

- Free-body diagrams and equilibrium. Trusses. Stress, strain and stress-strain relationships.

- Section forces in beams. Normal stress for elastic bending of beams.

**Literature**

Heyden, S., Dahlblom, O., Olsson, A., Sandberg, G. : Introduktion till strukturmekaniken. Studentlitteratur. Probably new edition 2011.