2015-2016 - BYG2251 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

The course provides a basic introduction to statics and strength of materials, equilibrium and elasticity.
After completion the student should be able to:


  • explain how basic problems concerning statics and strength of materials can be resolved
  • describe what is meant by static equilibrium
  • explain different support conditions
  • elaborate materials elasticity and stiffness, Hooke's law, and Young's modulus


  • assemble forces to a resultant and decompose forces
  • find support conditions and joint forces
  • calculate normal forces, shear forces, bending moment, torsion moment
  • calculate bending, normal and shear stresses, and combining these
  • calculate the centroid of area, 1st and 2nd moment of area and section modulus, and be able to apply the parallel axis theorem

General competence:

  • know the Euler-Bernoulli beam theory (the Engineer's beam theory)
  • explain Navier hypothesis (cross sections remain planar and normal to the deformed centerline)



  • Statics basis
  • Plane force systems - beams and simple frames
  • Distributed loads - resultants
  • Plane rod systems - Trusses
  • Diagrams for normal forces, shear forces and bending moment
  • 3-moment equation (basic, practical)
  • Cables and ropes


  • Centroid of area and 2nd moment of area
  • Stresses and strains (basic)
  • Stresses in beams - simple cross-sections
  • Torsion - circular cross sections
  • Buckling

Teaching Methods


Teaching Methods (additional text)

This course is made for students at campus in Gjøvik and also for web based students.

Form(s) of Assessment

Written exam, 5 hours

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Graded by internal examiner (lecturer).

External sensor regularly is either evaluating or preparing the examination. Next time: 2016.

Re-sit examination

Re-sit August 2016

Examination support

C: Specified printed and hand-written support material is allowed. A specific basic calculator is allowed.

    • John Haugan: «Formler og tabeller»