Courses & Units

Structural Mechanics ENG222



The unit aims to give students the skills to analyse structures as a foundation skill to the design, construction and supervision of structural projects. Topics include analysis of internal forces, stresses and deflections in statically determinate and indeterminate frames using the force and slope-deflection methods, an introduction to column buckling, and an introduction to structural analysis software. The unit will cover the underpinning theory and problem solving skills in structural analysis through lectures, tutorials and laboratory, and will emphasise deep understanding of the key concepts through simple exemplars so that they can be extrapolated to more general and complex situations. The unit augments the fundamentals of the elastic behaviour of beam and frame structures acquired in the first year of the course and lays the foundations of modern methods of analysis of structures and machine elements, and will provide tools for such analyses. It emphasizes understanding of principles involved and their application to practical situations. The unit also prepares students for 3rd and 4th year units in advanced structural mechanics and design of steel, timber and concrete structures.


Unit name Structural Mechanics
Unit code ENG222
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering

Dr Damien Holloway

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2019.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Calculate internal forces, stresses and displacements in statically determinate 2D beam, frame and truss type structures comprising members of symmetric and asymmetric structural cross-sections.

2. Determine reactions and internal forces in statically indeterminate 2D frame structures using the Stiffness and Slope-Deflection methods appropriately.

3. Solve problems involving simple one- or two-member buckling with a variety of boundary conditions by formulating the differential equations from first principles.

4. Analyse internal forces and buckling in frame structures with a variety of loading, boundary conditions and connection types through the use of computer models using industry standard structural engineering software.

5. Communicate technical information relating to structural analysis to a discipline peers through a technical report that follows professional expectations, conventions and standards of presentation.



Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,798.00 030900

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Five assessment tasks:  formal laboratory report (15%), in-laboratory assessment (10%), computer analysis assignment (15%), assessed tutorials (10%) and 3-hr exam (50%)

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