Courses & Units

Structural Mechanics KNE712



The unit augments the fundamentals of the elastic behaviour of solid bodies acquired in the first year of the course, particularly in KNE113 Statics and KNE216 Civil Engineering 1. It will also lay foundations of modern methods of analysis of structures and elements of machines, and will provide tools for such an analysis. It emphasizes understanding of principles involved and their application to practical situations. The aim is to give students the necessary skills to design, construct and supervise structural and mechanical projects.

Topics include states of 3D and plane stress and strain, strain measurements, energy methods, real work, strain energy and complementary energy, virtual work, energy theorems, calculation of elastic deflections in bar structures, elastic analyses of plane, statically indeterminate structures, force method, slope-deflection method, moment distribution method, plastic analysis of bar structures, buckling of columns and beam-columns, shear flow and shear centre of beams.


Unit name Structural Mechanics
Unit code KNE712
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Engineering
Discipline Engineering

Damien Holloway

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,798.00 030903

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KNE716 and KMA154

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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

3x1-hr lectures, 1-hr unit tutorial, 1-hr Masters tutorial


Literature review assignments (50%), final two-hour exam (50%)

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