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 energy method for determination of deflections and rotations, the 'stiffness' method of analysis for beams and rigid frames, the force method of analysis for statically indeterminate trusses, beams, frames and composite structures and the matrix structural analysis of trusses, beams and frames.

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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. Critically evaluate a range of approximate solutions for common structures; and  
  5. Determine solutions and undertake standard structural engineering analyses.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Exercise Exercise 1 20%
Exercise Exercise 2 20%
Test Test 1 30%
Test Test 2 30%

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