Study plans 2016-2017 - 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.

Examination support

  • Support material code C: Specified printed and hand-written support material is allowed. A specific basic calculator is allowed.
    • John Haugan: «Formler og tabeller»
    • The following basic calculators are permitted:
      • Casio fx-82ES PLUS
      • Citizen SR-270X and Citizen SR-270X College
      • Hewlett Packard HP30S