Analyze two real – life structures using te knowledge in solid mechanics
This Project requires you to analyse two ‘real-life’ structures using the knowledge you have gained in Solid Mechanics so far.
You are required to form a group of
4. (Groups of2, 3 or 5, 6 will generally not be accepted). Your group will undertake to answerthe following:
1. Identify a bridge OR
roofthat is supported by a planartruss system (2D) and,
a) Take a photo(s) ofthe truss system and ensure you ascertain reasonably
accurate dimensions of all members.
b) Estimate the external loads and hence support conditions on the truss system (you can assume a
statically determinate situation).
c) Calculate the tension and compression forces in each member using either method ofjoints OR method
2. Identify a beam (from a bridge underpass OR building OR other) that supports a significant load.
a) Take a photo(s) of
the beam element and ensure you ascertain reasonably accurate dimensions ofthe beam element
b) Estimate the external loads and hence support conditions on the beam element
c) Draw an accurate Shear Force Diagram (SFD) and Bending Moment Diagram (BMD) forthe whole
3. Using the constructed SFD and BMD diagrams,
a) Calculate the elastic bending stress distribution across the critical section.
b) Calculate the shear stress distribution acrossthe critical section.
4. For your chosen beam calculate the maximum deflection using either,
a) The Elastic curve method or b) The Macaulay method.
In a bound report you need to show all your calculations, including explanation of how you worked out external loads on the member. You should have headings and subheadings and include
an introduction and discussion ofthe selected structures.
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