Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


  • Provides general principles of structural mechanics
  • Gain a good qualitative understanding how structures deforms in order to resist the external loading and forced displacements through internal forces balancing such perturbing effects
  • Provides the fundamental knowledge to understand, and analyze the mechanical and stability behavior of load-bearing frame structures
  • Upon successfully completing this course, the student will understand the limitations of the models, assess their limitations when applied to realistic structures and will be able to give some reliability estimate for the analysis resulting from the application of the models

Credits: 5

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 20.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Djebar Baroudi

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Djebar Baroudi

Contact information for the course (valid 24.08.2020-21.12.2112):

Djebar Baroudi, Dr.

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CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • General Principle of structural mechanics
    • Beam models: Euler-Bernoulli s and Timoshenko s beam models
    • Mechanics of elastic frames statically determinate and indeterminate structures
    • Elastic Stability and geometrically non-linear effects
    • Plastic Limit Load Analysis
    • Eigen Frequency Analysis (Natural modes)

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, reading assignments, guided exercice sessions, personal homework assignments and exams

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Contact teaching -- Lectures 18%:

    - 2x 2h /week = 4h/week (total 24h)

    • Contact teaching -- Theoretical exercises & Guided Homework solving Sessions   27%:

    - 3x  2h /week = 6h/week  (total 36h)

    • Contact teaching -- Laboratory work1.5%

    - 2h (only when registred to the course less than 40 students) (total 2h)

    • Independent Studying -- Reading 18%:

    - 2 double-hours per week (total 24h)
    - self-studies: reading assignements, reading and writing the derivations in the lectures supporting material and/or textbook

    • Independent Studying -- Theoretical + Computational Exercises (= Homework) Assignments 27%:
      - 2 + 2 + 2 hours per week (total 36h)
      - self-studies for theoretical, hands-on exercises: modeling, problem solving, calculating, writing solution documents for homework


    • Final Exam and Preparation 10%:
      - 3 + 10 hours (total 13h)

    (3h - examination twice during the academic year)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Textbooks, lectures, homework and guided exercice sessions, student s personal notes and some additional supporting material

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Rak-54.2110 Beam and Frame Structures

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    • Bachelor's degree studies or equivalent
    • Fundaments of Solid Mechanics and/or Continuum Mechanics 
    • Statics and Dynamics



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