


Politecnico di Torino  
Academic Year 2015/16  
09IHRMA Fundamentals of structural mechanics 

1st degree and Bachelorlevel of the Bologna process in Biomedical Engineering  Torino 





Subject fundamentals
The course aims to provide the fundamental basis to perform the design and verification of structural components and mechanical systems subject to static and fatigue loads.
Topics covered, after a resume of static equilibrium concepts, are:  evaluation of the elastic properties and the static strength of materials by tensile test and some notes on creep;  state of stress and state of strain in mechanical elements in linear elastic conditions; combined stress failure theories; static safety factors;  calculation of stresses in onedimensional structural elements subjected to loads in plane and space: geometric properties of areas, de St Venant solid, equilibrium and internal forces diagrams in statically determinate systems; extensional, flexural, torsional and shear behaviour; equation of the elastic curve; elastic instability;  definition and effect of notches: the stress concentration factor; static component verification;  high cycle fatigue strength in terms of uniaxial stress: cyclic stress, nucleation and propagation of cracks, diagrams for the presentation of fatigue tests results; application to the verification of mechanical components, the main factors reducing the fatigue strength. 
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding of the mechanical properties and strength of materials
Knowledge of methods for describing the state of stress and the state of strain in linear elastic conditions Knowledge of static failure criteria and the concept of safety factor Knowledge of methods for assessing the state of strain, stress and displacements in onedimensional structural elements Understanding the phenomenon of fatigue; knowledge of diagrams that describe the high cycle fatigue behaviour of materials. Knowledge of methods of verification of components subject to constant amplitude cycling stresses. Ability to verify elements subject to known static stress. Ability to calculate reaction forces of statically determinate structures. Ability to calculate the internal forces diagrams in statically determinate elements subject to known applied loads. Ability to assess the stresses and strain in sections of onedimensional elements with and without notches , known the internal forces applied to the section. Ability to perform fatigue assessment of components subject to constant amplitude cycling stresses. 
Prerequisites / Assumed knowledge
Concepts of mathematics (study of functions and computation of derivatives and integrals, matrix algebra, eigenvalue / eigenvectors problems) and physics (basic concepts of kinematics and statics).

