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Module Code: CEN103
Module Title: Solids and Structures
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: PHY002 OR PHY004
To introduce basic principles of statics and to illustrate the application of these principles to the formulation and solution of a range of representative civil engineering problems.
Learning outcomes 
On successful completion of the module, students should demonstrate

Intellectual Abilities

ability to:

A: understand the derivation of mathematical models for static analysis of mechanical

B: apply appropriate mathematical models and techniques for static analysis of mechanical

C: understand the limitations of the applied mathematical models and techniques

Knowledge and Understanding

understanding of:

D: Forces, moments, equilibrium, statically equivalent systems

E: Analysis of trusses and determination of axial forces and stresses in trusses.

F: Analysis of beam structures and determination of normal forces, shear forces and moments

in beam structures

G: Analysis of beam cross sections, determination of centroids, moments of inertia, section
modulus, principal axes and principal moments of inertia.

H: Determination of normal stresses in beams due to normal forces and bending moments

I: Determination of shear stresses in beams with rectangular cross sections

J: Determination of shear stresses and deformations in circular shafts subjected to torsion

K: Determination of deflections in statically determinate trusses and beam structures using the Principle of Virtual Work

L: Stress transformation

M: Strain transformation

N: Generalized Hooke’s law

O: Failure criteria of materials

P: Use of simple software for analysis of trusses and beam structures

Practical Skills

ability to:

Q: Experimentally justify applied mathematical models and techniques

R: Appreciate health and safety issues and risks associated with laboratory work

General Transferrable Skills

ability to:

S: Present results of analyses and experiments in written form

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures and tutorials are integrated, i.e. each lecture contains new theoretical topics, worked examples and opportunities for students to solve problems. Some lectures are used as pure tutorials. Coursework, which enable students to use the acquired knowledge in an integrated manner, are given in essential parts of the syllabus. Simple computer software for analysis of trusses and beams is an integrated part of the coursework. Simple practical laboratory experiments (measurement of modulus of elasticity and deflections of timber boards subjected to bending) are carried out by the students and a report is submitted.
Review: Basic vector mechanics. Forces. Moment of a force about a point. Moment of a force about a line. Force couple. Invariance of the torque of a force couple. Equivalent force systems. Transfer of forces and moments from one point to another. Equilibrium of rigid bodies. Supports and reaction forces.

Trusses: Characteristics of trusses. Supports and reactions. Statically determinate trusses. Method of sections. Brief introduction to normal stresses, strains and elongations in truss members, Hooke’s Law, Young’s Modulus and various characteristics of simple constitutive relations.

Cross section analysis: Centroids. First moment of area. Moment of inertia. Section modulus. Composite cross sections. Principal axes. Principal moments of inertia.

Beam structures: Supports and reactions. Statically determinate beams. Normal force, shear force and moment diagrams. Normal stresses corresponding to pure normal force. Normal stresses corresponding to pure bending moment. Normal stresses corresponding to normal force and bending moments.

Torsion: Torsion of circular shafts. Deformations corresponding to torsion of circular shafts.

Deflection of beams: Deflection of statically determinate and indeterminate structures, Macaulay’s method of integration, moment area method, principle of superposition.

Stress analysis: Stress transformation. General state of stress at a point. Three methods to realize stress transformation: Wedge method, Method of equations, and Mohr’s circle.

Strain analysis: Strain transformation. Definition of strain at a point. Three methods to realize strain transformation: Line method, Method of equations, and Mohr’s circle.

Generalized Hooke’s law. Common constants for elastic material.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 52           98  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Examination Closed Book 80.00
2 Laboratory Experiments 10.00
3 Coursework On General Stress And Strain States 10.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 10/22/2017 9:37:38 PM