What you'll learn
In this course we’ll cover fundamental concepts and methods in static structural analysis. Starting with the very basics, we explore forces, moments and how to use the principle of static equilibrium. Then we move on to look at pin-jointed structures or trusses; what are they and how do we analyse them? We’ll cover the joint resolution method and method of sections in detail. Worked examples are used extensively to demonstrate the practical application of theory.
This course has been designed to cover the key topics that students first encounter when studying structural mechanics. Based on my experience teaching engineering undergraduates, the course focuses on those areas students find particularly tricky when starting out.
I’ve also emphasises the link between theory and practice as we explore how our models of structural behaviour map onto the real world. A good civil or structural engineer knows the limits of their model. So in this course we’re really going to emphasise this distinction between model prediction and real world structural behaviour.
The course includes video lectures which combine screencast voice over with traditional style lectures. The emphasis is on worked examples with students encouraged to try questions before the detailed solution is presented. The teaching philosophy is ‘learn by doing!’
This course is suitable for engineering students who find their mechanics/structures lectures confusing and feel a little lost when it comes to structural analysis. Students wishing to get a head start before starting their degree programme or more advanced engineering students who need a refresher would also benefit from taking this course. Construction industry professionals such as surveyors, architects etc. would also benefit from understanding the materials covered in this course.
Who this course is for
- This course is great for undergraduate engineering students who feel a little lost in their structures lectures. We start from scratch, establishing the basics and build from there.
- More advanced engineering students who want a refresher or who didn’t quite grasp the fundamentals first time around would also benefit from this course.
- If you’re about to start an engineering programme, this course is a great way to get a head start.
- If you’re a structures genius already, this course is probably not for you.
Course Completion Certificate
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Lecture 9: Pin-Jointed Structures - The Theory
Lecture 10: Pin-Jointed Structures - In Reality
Introduction and Course Overview
2D Force Systems
Static Equilibrium and Reaction Forces
Analysis of Trusses
Struggled with some of the concepts here when taught in class. I thought this would be hard getting back into it again but Sean delivers the lectures expertly making the learning easier! Great course, content delivered in a professionally easy to understand way. Thoroughly recommended.
Sean explains the video’s perfectly and responds quickly to any queries! Would highly recommend to anyone that wants to revise and top up their structural analysis knowledge.
The course has so far brushed up my memory on the subject and also made me realized easier methods to use.
I must admit that the first example in the end regarding resultant forces had taken me aback, but in the last example I understood everything and I now feel much more confident in the subject. Really well explained and smoothly laid out, and I don’t feel like I wasted my time but actually filled out a gap I was about to have coming into my first year at Uni.
Above expectations, Instructor is amazing and knows the subject matter.
D R Doggala
Frequently Asked Questions
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