Fundamentals of Structural Analysis
What you'll learn
- You will understand key concepts such as the moment of a force, static equilibrium and determinacy
- You will be able to determine the support reactions for structures subject to a range of loading conditions
- You will learn to use the Joint Resolution Method and Method of Sections to analyse pin-jointed truss structures
- You will understand the key differences between simplified analysis models and the behaviour of real world structures
- You don't need any prior understanding or knowledge of static or mechanical analysis, just a pencil, paper, calculator and a few of hours of effort!
- An understanding of basic high school level algebra and geometry will be helpful but not essential.
New Online Truss Analysis Toolbox added for unlimited practice questions. After you learn the fundamental truss analysis techniques, come up with your own truss designs, solve them and then confirm your solutions using the DegreeTutors truss analysis toolbox.
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.
With the new truss analysis online toolbox, you can now go beyond the worked examples provided in the course and build and analyse your own designs.
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 emphasised the link between theory and practice and 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 highlight this distinction between model prediction and real-world structural behaviour.
The course includes video lectures that 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 program, 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.
I’m Dr Seán Carroll, a senior lecturer in structural engineering at the University of Exeter in the UK. Structural engineering and engineering education are things I’m very passionate about. I graduated with a first in structural engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology in 2006. I have a masters degree in civil engineer and a PhD in structural dynamics (crowd-induced structural vibration).
After getting my degree I worked for several years in Dublin as a structural design engineer. After completing my PhD in 2013 I took up an assistant professor post at the University of Nottingham. This was followed by a 3 year stint as an assistant professor at the University of Warwick. Following a move to Cornwall in 2016, I joined the University of Exeter as a senior lecturer in structural engineering.
I’m also a chartered engineer with Engineers Ireland (I’m Irish by the way!) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.