STRU06007 2019 Structural Mechanics 201

General Details

Full Title
Structural Mechanics 201
Transcript Title
Structural Mechanics 201
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Subject Area
STRU - Structures
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Kathryn Ryan, Bill O'Kelly-Lynch
Programme Membership
SG_ECVIL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECVIL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Engineering in Engineering in Civil Engineering SG_ECIVI_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Civil Engineering

This module explains how statically determinate beams carries load and outlines the fundamentals of stress analysis for statically determinate structural elements.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Determine how a statically determinate beam carries load (via shear force and bending moment diagrams)


Determine the internal loadings in structural members


Calculate section properties


Analyse structural cross-sections to determine the stresses resulting from axial load, bending, shear force and torsional loadings. 


Perform laboratory practicals and report findings.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Delivery of material by formal lecture, supplemented by laboratory experimental work (where appropriate) to reinforce key concepts, and augmented by independent learning.

Module Assessment Strategies

A mix of final semester examination (80%) and practical work and reporting (20%).

An overall pass mark of 40% must be obtained to pass the module

Repeat Assessments

Learners shall repeat the failed elements. The learner must then achieve an overall mark of 40% to pass the module.

Module Dependencies

MECH06005 201900 Engineering Mechanics 101 MECH06006 201900 Engineering Mechanics 102

Indicative Syllabus

1.      Beam reactions, shear force and bending moment diagrams.

2.      Stress, Strain & Mechanical Properties.

3.      Axial Load (Deformation of elements subject to axial load).

4.      Bending (Bending deformation of a straight member. Second moment of area, flexure formula).

5.      Shear (Shear stresses in beams. Shear stress formula)

 6.     Torsion (Torsion formula. Polar moment of inertia. Angle of twist)


Problem solving sessions.

Experimental Work:

  • Shear Force (Shear Force variation with increasing point load. Shear force variation for various loading conditions)
  • Bending moment (Bending moment variation at the point of loading. Bending moment variation away from the point of loading)
  • Bending (Circular bending. Bending stresses)
  • Torsion (Torsional deflection of a solid rod. The effect of rod length on the torsional deflection. Comparison of solid rod and tube)


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
20 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
80 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Practicals Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 80 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Presentation of theory 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Engineering Laboratory Experiments & problem solving 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Review/study module material 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

1.      Hibbeler, R.C. Mechanics of Materials, 10th Edition in SI units, Pearson, 2018

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