STRU06008 2019 Structural Mechanics 201H

General Details

Full Title
Structural Mechanics 201H
Transcript Title
Structural Mechanics 201H
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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
Bill O'Kelly-Lynch
Programme Membership
SG_ECIVL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Civil Engineering

This module introduces the learner to structural and stress analysis for statically determinate structural elements. It also explores how structural elements deform under load.

Learning Outcomes

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


Analyse the reactions, shear forces and bending moments in statically determinate beams and predict the deflected shapes of beams


Derive and manipulate the fundamental formulae for elements subject to axial load


Derive and manipulate the fundamental formula to determine the stress for an element subject to bending


Derive and manipulate the fundamental formula to determine the stress for an element subject to shear


Derive and manipulate the fundamental formulae to determine the state of stress and angle of twist of elements subject to torsional loading


Perform laboratory practicals, interpret results 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. To motivate learning, and to enable learners to check their progress towards achieving the learning outcomes, problem sheets are provided.

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 leaner 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.      Statically Determinate Beams (Reactions, shear force and bending moment diagrams)

2.      Mechanical Properties: Review of stress/strain & Hookes's Law. Shear stress/strain, Complementary property of shear. Strain Energy.

3.      Axial Load: Deformation of elements subject to axial load. Principle of superposition. Composite sections. Statically indeterminate axially loaded members.

4.      Bending: Bending deformation of a straight member. Flexure formula. Composite sections.

5.      Shear: Shear stresses in beams. Shear stress formula

6.      Torsion: Torsional deformation of a circular shaft. Torsion formula. Angle of twist. Statically indeterminate torque-loaded member


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 form the point of loading)
  • Torsion. (Torsional deflection of a solid rod. Effect of rod length on torsional deflection. Comparison of solid rod and tube)
  • Bending (Circular bending. Bending stresses)

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 Practical Practical Evaluation 20 % OnGoing 6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 80 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Presentation of theory 2 Weekly 2.00
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

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

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