ES196-15 Statics and Structures
ES196-15 Statics and Structures
The aim of this module is to build fundamental knowledge of statics and behaviour of structures that underpin many branches of engineering science. This will provide the knowledge required for further study in the design and analysis of structures from buildings to spacecraft, motor vehicles and wind turbines. The module will increase the students’ ability with mathematical analysis and in particular its application to solving problems in structures. The module will further help in developing experimental skills and awareness of health and safety issues applicable to working in a supervised laboratory.
This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.
Part A: Equilibrium and Reactions
- Hydrostatic pressure
- Support conditions
Part B: Truss structures
- Basic principles; Building with triangles
- Method of joints
- Method of sections
Part C: Statically determinate beams and frames
- Free body diagrams
- Internal forces and moments in statically determinate beams
- Internal forces in statically determinate frames
Part D: Deformation of statically determinate beams
- Bending of elastic beams (elastic curve; moment-curvature relation)
- Bernoulli beam theory
Part E: Stresses and Strains
- Stress and strain transformations
- Principal stresses and strains in a plane
- Mohr’s circle
Part F: Bending, Shear and Torsion of beams
- Stresses and strains
- Cross-section analysis (neutral axis; second moment of area; deflection line)
Part G: Elastic buckling, Failure criteria (Tresca, von Mises, Mohr) and Design of structural components
The module includes 4 laboratory exercises.
By the end of the module, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of basic theory, concepts and methodology necessary to solve problems related to structures under static loading.
- Become familiar with mathematical analysis and its application to solving engineering problems related to the behaviour of structures under static loading.
- Record and interpret the results of observed practical experiments.
- Demonstrate experimental skills.
- Demonstrate awareness of health and safety issues applicable to working in a supervised laboratory.
- Demonstrate an ability to make appropriate assumptions to simplify and thus model real-life engineering problems.
Indicative reading list
Bedford, A. & Fowler, W., 2003, "Engineering Mechanics: Statics & Dynamics Principles", Prentice-Hall. ISBN 9780130082091.
Cain, J.A. & Hulse, R., 2000, "Structural Mechanics", 2nd Ed., Palgrave Macmillan.
Hibbeler, R.C., 2014, “Statics and Mechanics of Materials”, 4th Ed., Pearson Prentice Hall.
Hibbeler, R.C., 2017, “Statics and Mechanics of Materials”, 5th Ed., Pearson Prentice Hall.
Krenk, S. & HØgsberg, J., 2013, “Statics and Mechanics of Structures”. ISBN: 978-94-007-6112-4.
Subject specific skills
- Solve fundamental engineering problems using numerical and qualitative methods
- Apply fundamental concepts to carry experiments and record results
- Knowledge and understanding of risk issues, including health & safety, and risk assessment
- Numeracy: apply mathematical and computational methods to communicate parameters, model and optimize solutions
- Apply problem solving skills, information retrieval, and the effective use of general IT facilities
- Communicate (written and oral; to technical and non-technical audiences) and work with others
|Lectures||30 sessions of 1 hour (20%)|
|Practical classes||10 sessions of 1 hour (7%)|
|Other activity||12 hours (8%)|
|Private study||98 hours (65%)|
Private study description
98 hours of guided independent learning
Other activity description
8 x 1hr = 8 hours of examples classes
2 x 1hr = 2 hours computer-based formative test
2 x 1hr = 2 hours revision lectures
No further costs have been identified for this module.
You must pass all assessment components to pass the module.
Assessment group D4
|Written laboratory report||30%|
Written report (10 pages in length)
~Platforms - AEP,QMP
Feedback on assessment
- Model solutions to past papers.
- Support through office hours.
- Written feedback on marked laboratory report.
- Cohort-level feedback on computer-based formative test.
- Cohort-level feedback on final exam.
This module is Core for:
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- Year 1 of UESA-H113 BEng Engineering
- Year 1 of UESA-HN15 BEng Engineering Business Management
- Year 1 of UESA-HH75 BEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering
- Year 1 of UESA-H315 BEng Mechanical Engineering
- Year 1 of UESA-HH35 BEng Systems Engineering
- Year 1 of UESA-HN11 BSc Engineering and Business Studies
- Year 1 of UESA-H336 MEng Automotive Engineering
- Year 1 of UESA-H163 MEng Biomedical Systems Engineering
- Year 1 of UESA-H217 MEng Civil Engineering
- Year 1 of UESA-H63X MEng Electronic Engineering
- Year 1 of UESA-H114 MEng Engineering
- Year 1 of UESA-HH76 MEng Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering
- Year 1 of UESA-H316 MEng Mechanical Engineering
- Year 1 of UESA-HH31 MEng Systems Engineering
- Year 1 of UESA-H605 Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Year 1 of UESA-H606 Undergraduate Electrical and Electronic Engineering MEng