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Code 10276
Year 1
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(30H)/T(30H)
Scientific area Mechanics and Structures
Entry requirements Calculus I
Mode of delivery Face-to-face
Work placements n.a.
Learning outcomes O1 - Knowledge of the fundamental concepts of mechanics.
O2 - Knowledge of the concept of resultant forces and static equilibrium of a point.
O3 - knowledge of the concepts of reaction, forces and moments equivalent and static equilibrium of rigid bodies.
O4 - knowledge of the concepts of hypostatic, isostatic and hyperstatic mechanical systems.
O5 - Ability in the calculation and static analysis of simple and composite isostatic structures, with determination of support reactions and binding forces between sub-structures.
O6 - Ability in the calculation of internal forces in beams, articulated systems, portals and arcs, with the tracing of the respective diagrams.
O7 - Knowledge of the concept of elemental work of a force and a moment.
O8 - Ability in the application of the principle of virtual works to the calculation of support reactions and efforts in isostatic structures.
O9 - Knowledge in the basic mechanical and structural problems involving friction.
Syllabus C1 - Introduction to Mechanics: Fundamental concepts and principles, units, numerical precision.
C2 - Statics of material points: Equivalent systems of forces, resultant force, force polygon, equilibrium of a material point (2D and 3D).
C3 - Statics of rigid bodies: Forces and reactions, equivalent forces, moment of a force, resultant moment, equilibrium of rigid bodies.
C4 - Analysis and classification of mechanical systems: Hipostatic, isostatic a hyperstatic.
C5 - Diagrams of internal forces: Bending moment, shear force and axial force in beams, frames, arches and hinged structures.
C6 - Method of virtual work: Elementary work of a force and a couple. Principle of virtual work applied to hipostatic and isostatic mechanical systems.
C7 - Friction: Laws of dry friction. Friction coefficient, wedges.
Main Bibliography - Estática Aplicada para Engenharia Civil e Arquitectura, Negrão, J. H., 2009, DEC-FCTUC.
- Mecânica Vectorial Para Engenheiros, Beer, F., Johnston Jr., 1998, Mc. Graw Hill;
- Teoria e Prática das Estruturas - Isostática (vol.1), Rocha, A., 1973, Editora Cientifica;
- Shaping Strucutures – Statics, Zalewski, W., Allen, E., 1997, Jonh Wiley & Sons, Inc. USA.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria This curricular unit has the duration of one semester, involving 60 hours of contact with the teaching team, 98 hours of autonomous work and 10 hours for evaluation (total: 168 hours). The course is credited with 6 ECTS.
The classes are organized in theoretical –T (exposition of the subjects in a theoretical perspective, exemplifying the concepts through practical problems) and in practical classes – PL (solution of practical problems that cover all syllabus).
The evaluation is performed in to phases:
- Continuous evaluation: Evaluation through the individual solutions of problems related with all syllabus. This evaluation determines the possibility of submission to the final exam.
- Final exam (with theoretical and practical part) for admitted students.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2022-06-15

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