16.20 Structural Mechanics

Fall 2002

The X-31, the International Space Station, and the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge.
The X-31, the International Space Station, and the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge. (Photos courtesy of NASA and OCW.)

Course Highlights

This course includes homework assignments, an extensive list of readings and a full set of lecture notes.

Course Description

Applies solid mechanics to analysis of high-technology structures. Structural design considerations. Review of three-dimensional elasticity theory; stress, strain, anisotropic materials, and heating effects. Two-dimensional plane stress and plane strain problems. Torsion theory for arbitrary sections. Bending of unsymmetrical section and mixed material beams. Bending, shear, and torsion of thin-wall shell beams. Buckling of columns and stability phenomena. Introduction to structural dynamics. Exercises in the design of general and aerospace structures.
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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Paul Lagace

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Four sessions / week
1 hour / session

Level

Undergraduate