Shear Forces and Bending Moments: Analysis Bootcamp

Sharpen your structural analysis skills with challenge questions designed to test your understanding

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What you'll learn

You will have a reliable procedure for correctly determining shear force and bending moment diagrams.
You will be comfortable analysing both 1-dimensional beam and 2-dimensional frame structures.
You will be able to utilise pre-existing pin-joints in structures to facilitate your analysis.
You will have further deepened your understanding and intuition for structural behaviour


After completing the parent course, Mastering Shear Force & Bending Moment Diagrams, what better way to confirm you truly have mastered the techniques, than testing yourself against 10 fresh challenge questions?

Honing your structural analysis skills requires practice. There is no shortcut for sitting down and implementing your solution strategies on unfamiliar questions. Finding challenging questions complete with detailed solutions can be difficult. In fact, one of the most frequent requests I receive from my civil engineering students is for more worked examples.

In this course, I have developed 10 questions with detailed solutions explaining the thought process and logic behind their solution. In each solution video I explain in detail how I’ve used the techniques you’ve been taught previously to construct the shear force and bending moment diagrams. I have developed this question set to cover all of the common and not so common statically determinate structure types. We will address, beams, frames, structures with internal pin-joints and inclines members, all things you’re likely to come across as a civil or structural engineer.

The course is developed around the concept of problem based learning. To get the most out of the course you should attempt a question and iterate on your solution until you converge on the correct one. This way you learn by working your way through each problem – hence the name problem based learning! Only at the end should you watch the accompanying video to check the reasoning behind your solution.

Completing this Shear Forces and Bending Moments Analysis Bootcamp is a great way to wrap up your study of shear forces and bending moments, leaving you well placed to move on and tackle more advanced analysis techniques.

Who this course is for

  • Ideally you should have completed my ‘Mastering Shear Force and Bending Moment Diagrams’ course before taking this course
  • To get the most from this course, you should have an understanding of what shear force and bending moment diagrams are. In this course we’ll be focusing on getting the reps in and implementing a solution strategy.

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Course preview

Lecture 1: A quick word before we get started

Lecture 2: Challenge Question #1

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Consider this first...

This course covers the fundamentals of beam bending behaviour and shear and moment diagrams. You should be comfortable with the theory in this course first.

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This course will build on what you’ve learned in the current course and introduce a new analysis technique for constructing shear and moment diagrams for indeterminate structures.

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Once you can draw shear and moment diagrams comfortably, this course will show you how to use the bending moment diagram to calculate beam and frame deflections using virtual work.

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