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ING2054 Statics and Strength of Materials

Course description for academic year 2019/2020

Contents and structure

The effects of force on structures, both simple and more complex, with an emphasis on two-dimensional forces. Resulting shear force and bending moment. Static indefinite structures. All significant elements of material mechanics such as stress and deformation. Subsequent dimension criteria, elastic materials, torsion, stresses in and deformations of beams, basic methods of beams, stress-compressed rods, and buckling.

Learning Outcome


The students

  • Have basic knowledge about the principles of statics and material mechanics.
  • Have basic knowledge about how causes stress and deformation in standard structures.
  • Know how material strength and functionality in a process of dimensioning controls stress and deformation.



The students can

  • Practice mathematics and physics to formulate, specify and solve problems concerning statics and  material mechanics.
  • Calculate the resulting forces in static definite structures and simple indefinite structures. They can calculate the internal load, axial force, shear force and bending moment. They can draw, understand and read axial force, shear and moment diagrams.
  • Calculate the stress distribution and deformation of trusses, beams, axles, frames and other  structures. They can calculate the Euler buckling load of columns with different constrains.
  • Consider solutions and results critically.
  • Provide theories and solving methods due to the subject.

-General qualification:

The students:

  • Can understand the methods used in material mechanics of structures and knows how to choose materials.
  • Have insight into the subject`s fundamental importance relatated to engineering and construction.
  • Have learned to cooperate in practical projects.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge


Teaching methods

Lectures, computational and laboratory exercises.

Compulsory learning activities

Yes (will be specified in the course plan by semester start).


Part 1: Written exam, 4 hours, accounts for 40% of the final grade

Part 2: Written exam, 5 hours, accounts for 60% of the final grade

Grade: A-E/passsed; F/failed

Exam part one in mid-term, exam part two in end of term. Both parts must be passed.

Examination support material

Simple calculator: Allowed calculator is Casio fx-82 (all varieties: ES, ES Plus, EX, Solar etc.)

Technical table of formulas (Pedersen, Gustavsen, Kaasa og Olsen) will be handed out during the exam.

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