2017 Structural Mechanics II

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Academic unit or major
Undergraduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Hotta Hisato  Sakata Hiroyasu 
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Tue2-4(M111)  Fri2-4(M111)  
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Course description and aims

On statically indeterminate structures, this course introduces their fundamental characteristics and several methods to analyze them.
This course aims to have students understand mechanical characteristics of high order statically indeterminate structures which takes a major part of building structural system.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will
1) have an understanding of the nature of statically indeterminate structures,
2) be able to use the analyzing methods introduced to solve problems.


Statically indeterminate structure, slope deflection method, moment distribution method, direct stiffness method, approximate method using D-value

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

A lecture is given for the first 90 minutes, followed by exercises for 45 minutes. Blackboard is mainly used and handouts are provided as needed.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 statically determinate and indeterminate structures and background assumptions You can imagine what you should do from the left.
Class 2 superposition method for low order statically indeterminate beams
Class 3 slope deflection method (1) derivation of slope deflection equations
Class 4 slope deflection method (2) analysis of beams
Class 5 slope deflection method (3) analysis of frames with no sidesway
Class 6 slope deflection method (4) analysis of frames with sidesway
Class 7 slope deflection method (5) computational algorithm to make stiffness equations
Class 8 moment distribution method (1) analysis of beams
Class 9 moment distribution method (2) analysis of frames with no sidesway
Class 10 moment distribution method (3) analysis of frames with sidesway
Class 11 approximate calculation method using D-value (1) concept of D-value S.F.D. of columns
Class 12 approximate calculation method using D-value (2) height of inflection point and B.M.D. of columns and beams
Class 13 direct stiffness method (1) stiffness matrices of elements
Class 14 direct stiffness method (2) coordinate transform matrices
Class 15 direct stiffness method (3) equivalent nodal forces and calculation of section forces of members


Non required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Non required.

Assessment criteria and methods

Scores is higher one based on only examination and on both examination(70%) and exercise(30%.)

Related courses

  • ARC.S203 : Structural Mechanics I

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

It is recommended that students successfully complete Structural Mechanics I: ARCS203.

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