Engineers are required to design or analyse a variety of structures that are often exposed to a variety of loading conditions. Therefore an understanding of key analysis methods for statically determinate and indeterminate trusses, beams and frames should be mastered. These include, the method of virtual work for determination of deflections and rotations, the 'stiffness' method of analysis (including the equations of slope deflection and numerical approximation by moment distribution) for beams and rigid frames, the matrix representation of the stiffness method for solution by digital computation and the flexibility method of analysis for statically indeterminate trusses, beams and rigid frames. Experience in approximate analysis of structures and in structural 'modelling' and analysis using commercial linear finite element analysis computer program(s). An introduction to stability analyses of rigid frames and frame buckling.

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NEC2102 - Solid Mechanics

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Evaluate structural deflections and rotations for a range of structures (modelled as connected linear elements), which behave in a linear and elastic manner;  
  2. Evaluate internal axial forces, shearing forces and bending moments for a range of determinate and indeterminate structures (modelled as connected linear elements), which behave in a linear and elastic manner;  
  3. Create and analyse structure models using a commercial computer program, where structures are modelled as connected linear elements which behave in a linear and elastic manner;  
  4. Appraise a range of approximate solutions for common structures; and  
  5. Solve problems, undertake standard structural Engineering analyses and write technical reports.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Portfolio of computer analyses (1000 words) 20%
Assignment Structural model project (1000 words) 15%
Examination Mid-semester test (1000 words) 30%
Examination Final Exam (2 hours) 35%

Required reading

Structural Analysis 9th ed.
Hibbler R.C., (2015)
Pearson International

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