Introduction to structural mechanics
ME-104 / 6 credits
Teacher: Nunes Pereira de Almeida Reis Pedro Miguel
The student will acquire the basis for the analysis of static structures and deformation of simple structural elements. The focus is given to problem-solving skills in the context of engineering design.
The course presents the fundamental basis for the analysis of static structures. The course material is presented with an emphasis on abstraction, formulation, and solution of simplified mathematical models, which make it possible to design and analyze real structures and mechanisms, rationally. Concrete engineering examples and demonstrations are provided throughout the course. Through a combination of lectures, example problems, practical demonstrations and hands-on activities, the student will be introduced to structural analysis and learn how to calculate internal loads and the deformation of simple structural systems. The course also serves as an introduction to the more advanced engineering mechanics curriculum that EPFL students will be exposed to later in their degree, including structural mechanics, continuum mechanics, and solid mechanics.
The course may cover, but not exclusively, the following topics:
- System of forces;
- Equilibrium of a rigid body;
- Simple structures (trusses, frames, and machines);
- Distributed loads;
- Energy methods to analyze structures;
- Deformation of simple structural elements;
- Mechanical instabilities: Buckling.
Statics, Equilibrium, Mechanism, Structure
There are no pre-requisites for this course.
PHYS-101 General Physics: Mechanics (Physique générale: mécanique).
Important concepts to start the course
Familiarity with vector calculus, linear algebra and ordinary differential equations.
By the end of the course, the student must be able to:
- Model and analytically solve simple problems of statics and stress analysis, S1
- Analyze and design assemblies of simple mechanical elements in the framework of static and buckling S2
- Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
- Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
- Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.
- Assess one's own level of skill acquisition, and plan their on-going learning goals.
Lectures, example problems, homework, practical demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Final written exam (100% of the final grade)
D. Gross, W. Hauger, J. Schröder, W.A. Wall, N. Rajapakse (2012) "Engineering Mechanics 1: Statics" 2nd Edition, Springer
D. Gross, W. Hauger, J. Schröder, W.A. Wall, J. Bonet (2017) "Engineering Mechanics 2: Mechanics of Materials" 2nd Edition, Springer
J.L. Meriam and L. G. Kraige (2004) "Statique : mécanique de l'ingénieur." Wiley (French version)
J.L. Mariam, L.G. Kraige, and J.N. Bolton (2018) ¿Engineering Mechanics: Statics.¿ Wiley (English version)
Ressources en bibliothèque
- D. Gross, W. Hauger, J. Schröder, W.A. Wall, N. Rajapakse (2012) "Engineering Mechanics 1: Statics"
- D. Gross, W. Hauger, J. Schröder, W.A. Wall, J. Bonet (2017) "Engineering Mechanics 2: Mechanics of Materials"
- J.L. Meriam and L. G. Kraige (2004) "Statique : mécanique de l'ingénieur."
- J.L. Meriam, L.G. Kraige, and J.N. Bolton (2020) "Engineering Mechanics: Statics"
Printed notes/handouts of the lectures will be provided with material that enhances and complements recommended books.
Mécanique des structures, Systèmes mécaniques.
In the programs
- Semester: Spring
- Exam form: Written (summer session)
- Subject examined: Introduction to structural mechanics
- Lecture: 4 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
- Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks