16.20 Structural Mechanics

As taught in: Fall 2002

A collage of three photos: 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.)

Level:

Undergraduate

Instructors:

Prof. Paul A. Lagace

Course Features

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.