2019 Laboratory Works in Structural Mechanics

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Civil Engineering
Hirose Sohichi  Wijeyewickrema Anil  Furukawa Akira  Morikawa Hitoshi  Sasaki Eiichi  Tamura Hiroshi  Iiyama Kahori 
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Mon5-8(構造力学実験室)  Mon5-8(構造力学実験室)  
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Course description and aims

In this course, four different experiments will be done to enhance students' understanding of fundamentals of structural mechanics. Students conduct tensile tests of steel, buckling tests, bending tests on a beam and vibration tests on a beam. In tensile tests, students will prepare for the tests and observe the fracture behaviors. In bridge competition, students will design and make a model bridge under a given condition, and compete the performance of the model bridge. In the bending tests and vibration tests on a beam, students will prepare an experimental plan, and discuss the fundamental theory based on the obtained experimental results. In buckling tests, students will observe the buckling behaviors of a number of specimens and discuss the results by comparing the theory and experiments.

Student learning outcomes

Understand the fundamentals of structural mechanics and the fracture behaviors of structures.
Enhance the ability to conduct given tasks independently and creatively through group work on the planning of experiments and on the design of model bridges.


structural mechanics, steels, tensile tests, fracture, buckling, bending, vibration, bridge competition

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

In the experiments on structural mechanics, (i) interview prior to experiment, (ii) experiment and (iii) interview after the experiment will be conducted for each experiment.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Guidance of class Understanding of safety
Class 2 Experiment A: Tensile Tests of Steels Data analysis and discussion about stress-strain relationship and fracture process
Class 3 Experiment B: Bridge Competition (Fabrication of Bridge) Design and fabrication of a model bridge
Class 4 Experiment B: Bridge Competition (Presentation and Loading Test) Presentation on design concept of a bridge, discussion on the loading test results
Class 5 Experiment C: Bending tests and vibration tests of a beam Plan of Experiment, Data analysis and discussion using the comparison between theory and measurement, evaluation of damping using the data of vibration tests
Class 6 Experiment D: Buckling Tests of Columns Evaluation of buckling strength, relationship between slenderness ratio and buckling strength, data analysis of inelastic buckling


Steel Structure, Chitoshi Miki, Kyoritsu

Reference books, course materials, etc.

『JIS handbook Ferrous Materials & Metallurgy I』, Japanses Standards Association(2013/07), ISBN-13: 978-4542136816
Buckling and Bifurcation of Structural Systems, Kiyohiro Ikeda, Kazuo Muroda, Korona

Assessment criteria and methods

Performance of students will be evaluated by submitted reports (100%).

Related courses

  • CVE.A202 : Structural Mechanics I
  • CVE.A301 : Structural Mechanics II
  • CVE.A310 : Steel Structures
  • CVE.A210 : Structural Dynamics in Civil Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)



If a student is absent from the class without any contact once, he/she cannot get the credit for this class.
If the preparation for the experiments is not enough, a student may not attend the experiment.

Rooms 901 and 905 of G3 are used for one of the structural mechanics experiments.
Pay attention to the meeting place.

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