Fundamentals of Statics

Get to grips with the foundations of structural analysis once and for all!

   What's Inside...

This course is great for:

  • Engineering students who feel a little lost in structures lectures
  • Students who would like to establish a solid foundation in static structural analysis
  • Students who are curious about how structural models relate to real structures

I developed this course with engineering students in mind, but those in other built environment disciplines, for example architecture students, would also benefit from taking this free course.

Course Curriculum

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We'll cover fundamental concepts and methods

Section 1: Understanding 2D Force Systems

Forces, moments, couples and 2D force systems; in this section we'll tackle all of these concepts and build up our understanding of how to evaluate the influence of systems of forces. Consider the following example question from the course:

Example Question:

Replace this system of actions with:

(i) A single force and moment applied at the origin, O

ii) A single force positioned on the x-axis

Section 2: Equilibrium and Reaction Forces

Equilibrium is probably one of the most important concepts to grasp - it underpins virtually all of our analysis. In particular we'll focus on static equilibrium. We'll put our understanding of equilibrium to good use by evaluating the support reactions for statically determinate structures. For example consider the simply supported beam below:

Section 3: Analysis of Pin-Jointed Structures

Pin-jointed structures also known as trusses are among the most common structural forms you'll see. They're exceptionally efficient; transmitting large loads through relatively slim structural members. In this section we'll focus on analysing the internal member forces in these common structures. Consider the following question as an example:

Structural Models versus Real Behaviour

One of the important themes in this course is being aware of the difference between the behaviour of our structural models and the actual behaviour of the real structure. To facilitate the modelling process, we make simplifying assumptions that don't necessarily apply to the actual structure. Understanding how our analyses map onto the real world is critical for the safe design of structures!

Your Instructor

Dr Seán Carroll
Dr Seán Carroll

Seán is a UK based lecturer in structural engineering and a chartered engineer. He holds a degree in structural engineering, a masters degree in civil engineering and a PhD, also in civil engineering. After graduating in 2006, Seán worked for several years as a structural design engineer before pursuing a PhD in structural dynamics. In addition to his civil engineering research, Seán's other passion is teaching. Whether that's live in the lecture hall or here on DegreeTutors.com. Seán is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK, a recognition of his commitment to professionalism in teaching and learning in higher education.

Student Feedback

Understanding the concepts provided in this course got me to a point where I can solve almost any statics fundamental problem. It seemed difficult at the beginning but after practicing for few hours, everything became easier and clear.
Zaid Alowayed

Helpful and very informative.The course has actually encouraged me to choose Fundamental of Structure as one of the two confirmatory examination courses I will be writing in my coming Engineering qualification board examination. The lecture actually taught the course syllabus.
Samuel Adewole

Instructor looks like he knows what he's talking about. Excellent information and engineering examples given here.
Richard Burnett

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