Study Programmes 2015-2016
Strength of materials and elasticity
Duration :
36h Th
Number of credits :
Bachelor in bioengineering3
Bachelor in bioengineering3
Master in environmental bioengineering (120 ECTS)3
Lecturer :
Pierre Latteur
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the second semester
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Course contents :
General considerations about structures and their history, reflexions about natural phenomenon. Discussions about existing structures. General approach to solve a problem of Strength of materials. Mechanical properties of materials. Actions on structures. Force and moment. Equilibrium. Modelization of supports. Internal forces M, N, V and T. Degree of redundancy. Calculation of trusses. Internal forces and force diagrams. Geometrical characteristics of the sections. Stresses in the elements subjected to normal force (N), bending (M), biaxial bending (Mx, My) and composed bending (N, Mx, My). Design of the elements of structures. Shear stresses due to shear and torsion forces. The circle of Mohr. Laws of behaviour for different materials. Deformations and displacements. Buckling. Complements : calculation of hyperstatic structures and of cables.
Learning outcomes of the course :
The course describes the basics of the strength of materials and elasticity. The course is a preliminary to other specific courses of the STE orientation as Constructions Processes (INGE0004) and Stability of the Constructions (GERE0003-2 and GERE0003-3).
After completing the course the student is expected to :
- Easily deal with the basic aspects of the Mechanics of Structures and the Strength of Materials (all materials) - Understand the spread of forces, stresses and displacements inside structures - Design and calculate elementary structures
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
MATH0485-1 Mathématique générale, first Part
MATH0485-3 Mathématique générale, second Part
PHYS3007-1 Physique générale
MECA0490-1 Mécanique
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
All the forecast hours are hold by the professor himself in auditorium. Generally, each course takes place as following:
- Short remind of the previous courses - Exercises solved and commented on the blackboard by the professor and discussed with the students - 10 minutes break - Continuation of the theory with the help of a Powerpoint slide show
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
Lectures : 18h Practical Works : 18h
Recommended or required readings :
1. Course notes (150 pages x 2 slides) 2. "Introduction à l'analyse des structures", M.A. Studer et F. Frey, Presses Polytechniques et Universitaires Romandes, 368 pages, 1999. 3. ISSD : Interactive Software for Structural Design (
Assessment methods and criteria :
Written examination which includes a part of theory with books closed (25% of the points) and a part of exercises with books opened (75% of the points).
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Contacts :
Professor Pierre Latteur