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Structural Mechanics Fundamentals – Stresses, Strains and Torsion

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Upon completion of the training, students shall be able to:

  • Learn the fundamentals of stress, strain and elastic behavior.
  • Draw axial force, shear and bending moment diagrams of one-dimensional members subject to simple and combined loading.
  • Understand some abstract concepts, for example, stability, torsion, stress concentration, needed in modern structural engineering.
  • Analyze and design structural members subjected to tension, compression, torsion, bending and combined stresses using the fundamental concepts of stress, strain and elastic behavior of materials.
  • Compute stress and strains in cables, bars, beams and columns; compute deflection of beams; and compute buckling load of compression members.
  • Utilize appropriate materials in design considering engineering properties, sustainability, cost and weight.
  • Be able to formulate engineering problems & solve these problems using adequate mathematical tools.
  • Perform engineering work in accordance with ethical and economic constraints related to the design of structures and machine parts.

Structural Mechanics is a subject that addresses computational problems in analyzing elastic structural elements. The functions contained in Structural Mechanics are designed for professional engineers, educators, and students of engineering mechanics in mechanical, civil, and aerospace engineering.

In practice, the engineer can adopt Structural Mechanics to perform analyses of elastic structural elements along with other professional engineering analysis tools.


  • Introduction to Principles of Statics
  • Definitions of Stress, strain and Torsion
  • Normal and Shear Stress
  • Shear Stress and Allowable Stress
  • Analysis of Stress and Strain and Mohr’s circle
  • Introduction to Material Properties
  • Stress-Strain Relationships for Different Materials & Hooke’s law
  • Poisson Effect in Materials
  • Introduction to Axial Members
  • Stress Concentrations
  • Introduction to Torsion Members
  • Behavior of Rod and Shafts in Torsion
  • Experimental and Mathematical methods for Stress analysis
  • Solid Mechanics Concepts of stress and strain
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on 2/5/2019

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