Course syllabus

Strukturmekanik Structural Mechanics

VSMA20, 6 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2020/21
Decided by: PLED V
Date of Decision: 2020-03-23

General Information

Compulsory for: IBYA2
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish

Aim

The aim of the course is to give an introduction to structural mechanics with application to 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 structural engineering and geotechnical engineering.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

• Be able to explain basic concepts and relations within the area.
• Be able to describe the fundamental shape of the stress distribution caused by axial load, bending or torsion in a beam.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

• Be able to calculate section forces, stresses and deformations for bars, trusses, beams, simple frames, shafts and simple composite structures.
• Be able to analyse columns with respect to buckling and second order theory.
• Be able to present a clear written solution to a problem (given data, assumptions, calculations, results, conclusions).

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.

After that follows a comprehensive treatment of Bernoulli-Euler's beam theory:

• Section forces in beams. Normal stress and shear stress for elastic bending of beams. Plastic bending of beams. Deflection of beams. Statically indeterminate beams.

Finally, some further subjects within structural mechanics are introduced:

• Columns; buckling and second order theory. Torsion of circular cross sections.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: One hand-in assignment, one laboratory assignment and written examination.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.

Assumed prior knowledge: FMA645 Calculus OR FMAA50 Calculus AND FMA656 Mathematics, Linear Algebra OR FMAA55 Mathematics, Linear Algebra
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VSMA05, VSMA10