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Lecture 07

Lecture 07

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MEC 3611: Structural Mechanics
Lecture 7:Energy Methods
Introduction
 
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Objectives:
To learn how to apply energy methodsto solve problems involving deflection
Scope:
 – Discussion of work and strain energy – Determination of the displacement and slope at a point onstructural members and mechanical elements using:
Principle of conservation of energyThe method of virtual workCastigliano’stheorem
Introduction
 
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Energy methods are an alternative to the directapproach (equilibrium methods)Based upon the concept of strain energyAdvantages:
 – Can be used to obtain the required answer without solving forset of quantities that are of no particular interest for particularsituation. – Effective in cases involving members of variable crosssections, in complex problems dealing with elastic stability,and in dealing with multi-element structures. – Facilitate the determination of displacement of slendermembers under combined loads. – Are central to the development of finite element method.
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