Course code TBM120

TBM120 Mechanics of Materials and Structural Engineering Basics

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Showing course contents for the educational year starting in 2014 .

Course responsible: Otto Christian Sørensen
Teachers: Iselinn Vindstad
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Mathematical Sciences and Technology
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:


Teaching exam periods:

This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .


Course frequency: <p>Annually</p><p><br/><br/></p>
First time: 2006H
Preferential right:


Course contents:

Stresses: Normal- (compression/tension), bending-, shear- and torsional stress. Free body diagrams. Modulus of elasticity. Poissons ratio. Material properties of steel, stress limitations. Stress-strain diagram of steel. Factors of safety (load- and material factors). Stress concentration ("notch"). Developement of plasticity. Fatique and fracture mechanics. Temperature stresses. Temperature expansion coefficient of various materials. Stresses in composite sections. Force- and moment-diagrams. Introduction to the unit load method, i.e. the theory and developement of beam- and truss deflection formulas. Buckling (radius of gyration, Euler column, real column, buckling length, slenderness ratio). Static indeterminacy: Applying the unit load method to the computation of beam reactions and truss member forces. Computation of bending- and shear stresses at any chosen point of a beam section.

Learning outcome:
The students should upon completion have an understanding of: Linear forces and moments (including torsion), stresses, equilibrium of bodies (free body diagrams), deformation, strength of materials, elasticity, column buckling. The students should be able to compute the first moment of an area, the moment of inertia and the section modulus, draw shear- and moment-diagrams for beams, be able to apply the unit load method for beam and truss deflection computations and statically indeterminate beam reactions and statically indeterminate truss member forces, be able to develop stress formulas and know how to apply those formulas.
Learning activities:
Lectures and exercises.
Teaching support:
Lecturers will be available for assistance in their offices.
R. C. Hibbeler: Mechanics of Materials. Curriculum will be specified in detail at the beginning of the semester.


Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:


Written test of 3 hours.
Nominal workload:

For a course of 10 credits, ca. 300 hours of work in total is normally to be expected. That means that, in addition to structured teaching, ca. 15 hours of work must be expected per week in August and ca. 6 hours per week in the parallel period.

Entrance requirements:

Special requirements in Science

Reduction of credits:


Type of course:

Lectures: 2 hours pr. day in August and 4 hours pr. week in the autumn parallel (104 hours in total). Exercises: 4 hours pr. day in August and 2 hours per week in the autumn parallel (52 hours in total).

The external and internal examiner jointly prepare the exam questions and the correction manual. The external examiner reviews the internal examiner's examination results by correcting a random sample of candidate¿s exams as a calibration according to the Department's guidelines for examination markings.
Allowed examination aids: Calculator handed out, other aids as specified
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått