Structural Mechanics


Structural Mechanics is the first stage in the structural design of beams, columns, foundations and all elements of a structure. In this module, learners will learn how to calculate building loads due to the self-weight of structural elements as well as the loads that are imposed on them due to the building type. They will then investigate the bending and shearing effects those loads have on simple beams. Frame structures will also be investigated using both analytical and graphical methods. Stress, strain and elasticity calculations will be carried out. Section properties and the Engineer's Equation of Bending will be used to carry out simple beam design.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe and calculate the various types of forces applied to structural elements

  2. Apply the Equations of Equilibrium to calculate reaction forces at the supports of simple structures

  3. Discuss the application of bending and shear forces on structural elements and draw shear force diagrams and bending moment diagrams for simply supported beams

  4. Calculate the forces in the members of statically determinate pin-jointed frames by graphical and analytical methods

  5. Describe the relationships between stress, strain and elasticity and calculate stress, strain, elongation and compression of structural members

  6. Describe and calculate properties of structural sections.

  7. Apply the Engineer's Equation of Bending to carry out simple beam design.

% Coursework 40%
% Final Exam 60%