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13.10J Structural Mechanics, Fall 2002

Photo of an offshore oil platform.
An offshore oil platform. (Photo by Shane Anderson, NOAA's National Ocean Service.)

Highlights of this Course

This course includes a full set of assignments, an extensive reading list and a mid-term course assessment used for student feedback.

Course Description

Fundamental concepts of structural mechanics with applications to marine, civil, and mechanical structures. Residual stresses. Thermal effects. Analysis of beams, columns, tensioned beams, trusses, frames, cables, and shafts of general shape and material, including composites. Elastic buckling of columns. Exact and approximate methods, energy methods, principle of virtual work, introduction to computational structural mechanics. Examples from civil, mechanical, offshore, and ship structures.


Prof. Nicholas Patrikalakis
Prof. Jerome Connor

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
90 minutes / session

One session / week
1 hour / session




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