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Institute of Hydraulic Construction Engineering

SUBJECT DESCRIPTION
Subject code: VHSB010
Subject title: STRENGTH OF MATERIALS
Subject title in Lithuanian: MEDIAG ATSPARUMAS
Credit value 6 ECTS, 160 hours: 84 contact hours, 76 students independent work hours.
Types of student learning activities
Classwork and tutorials
Hours
42
Lectures
20
Laboratory works
18
Practicums
2
Consultations
2
Examination
Subject purpose
Study cycle
First cycle

Students independent work/self-study


Preparation for intermediate test
Preparation for laboratory works
Completion of individual assignment
Preparation for exam

Study programme
Hydraulic Engineering

Hours
10
14
20
32

Type of the subject


Compulsory

Subject objectives: to give student basic knowledge about calculation and design of structural
elements as well as to form engineering intellection applying acquired knowledge to further studies
and professional practice.
Prerequisites: Mathematics, General Physics, Engineering Graphics and Theoretical Mechanics
studies must be finished.
Learning outcomes:
Knowledge and their application
After studies students will:
get knowledge about materials, and their properties, used for structural elements;
get knowledge about strength, stability and solidity of real structural elements;
understand the reliability of structural elements and the process of elements work and
failure.
get understanding about design methods of streamlined structural elements;
get engineering intellection applying the engineering solutions of design and construction.
Special abilities
After studies students will be able to:
compose the calculation scheme according to the geometry of elements and the character of
loads;
apply appropriate calculation methods for every case;

select optimal dimensions of cross-section for elements which are effected by tension,
compression, flexure, torsion, buckling and complex deformation;
react to exchanging building laws and codes.
Social abilities
After studies students will be able to:
convey thoughts verbally or on the paper as well as to plan and organize engineering
projection and construction works;
solve individual engineering problems and use gathered information and ideas.
Personal abilities
Studies will form
the intension to learning and preparing to live in information society;
the positive opinion to intellection work and human moral perfection;
the self-reliance persons and resolution to assume responsibility for self actions and
decisions;
Assessment criteria of learning outcomes:
1. Basic knowledge of Calculus, Geometry, Algebra, Trigonometry and Physics;
2. Understanding and usage of main subject definitions;
3. Acquiring the knowledge named in learning outcomes;
4. Quality of independent works and formulation of conclusions;
5. Identification of practical problems and argumentation of their solution;
6. Preparation for further studies.
Subject content:
Lectures
1. Analyzing objects, loads, internal forces, stresses, strain and displacement. 3/1 hours;
2. Deformation and displacement; Assumptions of Strength of materials; Axial forces. 3/1 hours;
3. Material properties. 3/2 hours;
4. Admissible stress; Strength calculation methods; Systems of bars, which are effected by tension
and compression. 3/3 hours;
5. Statical, inertion and centrifugal moments of cross-sections. 3/3 hours;
6. Radius of gyration and moment of resistance; Geometrical properties of ordinary cross-sectional
areas. 3/2 hours;
7. Beams, supports, reactions, internal forces. 3/3 hours;
8. Stresses in beams; Comparison of stresses; Calculation of beam strength. 3/3 hours;
9. Leading stresses in beams; Rational cross-section of beam. 3/3 hours;
10. Deflection and deviation; Differential equation of the curve of deflection. 3/1 hours;
11. Complex deformation of bars. 3/3 hours;
12. Calculation of built-up and composite bars. 3/3 hours;
13. Stability of bars; Eulers formula. 3/2 hours;
14. Rationality of cross-section shape; Calculation of column stability; 3/2 hours.
Laboratory works
1. Tensile testing of steel. 3/2 hours;
2. Compression testing of materials. 3/2 hours;
3. Torsions testing of materials. 3/2 hours;
4. Flexure testing of materials. 3/2 hours;
5. Shock testing of materials. 3/2 hours;
6. Testing of screw spring. 3/2 hours;
7. Buckling test. 2/2 hours.

Practicums
1. a) Calculation of systems of bars, which are effected by tension and compression. 3/4 hours;
b) Calculation of bars stability. 3/2 hours;
c) Calculation of geometrical properties of cross-sections. 4/5 hours.
2. a) Calculation of beam strength. 4/15 hours;
b) Calculation of built-up and composite bars. 4/4 hours.
Methods of learning: The theoretical lectures are presented using visualization (multimedia and
blackboard). Before practicums students will get ten questions from Mathematics, Geometry,
Algebra, Trigonometry and Physics. Results will give the answer: it is necessary to remind basic
school knowledge or not. During the practicums and laboratory works theoretical knowledge is
improved calculating various tasks and testing materials. Every calculation example is explaining
applying situation analysis method. After that every student gets the individual task and two weeks
to solve it. In the middle of semester students must to write an intermediate test.
Assessment methods of student learning outcomes: the structure of cumulative assessment is all
works (laboratory works and practicums), intermediate test and exam. Every type of students
independent work has different weight scores. The quality of laboratory work is evaluating and the
defense of laboratory work is performing verbally. In two weeks period perfectly accomplished
calculation works are evaluating by ten points. During the defense of laboratory and practical works
students get the questions which reveal the students skills to formulate the conclusions. During the
written exam students must to answer the questions and to solve practical exercises.
Structure and terms of cumulative assessment
Types of students independent work
Weight score
Deadlines of assessment
Two weeks after explanation of
Intermediate test
0.1
practicum 2a
Laboratory works
0.15
Next lecture after laboratory work
Two weeks after explanation of
Practicums
0.25
example
Exam
0.5
Exam session
Interaction between study programme learning outcomes and learning methods and methods of
student learning outcomes assessment
Assessment
Study programme
Learning
Subject learning outcomes
methods of student
learning outcomes
methods
learning outcomes
Knowing the
After studies students will get
Lectures,
Intermediate test
materials and
knowledge about strength, stability
laboratory
and Exam
structural elements
and solidity of real structural
works,
used in water
elements.
practicums,
engineering, their
individual
After studies students will get
properties and fields knowledge about materials, and their task, situation
of use,
analysis.
properties, used for structural
understanding the
elements.
principles of
After studies students will understand
building design
the reliability of structural elements
and the process of elements work and
failure.
After studies students will get

Use of modern
laboratory
equipment, special
computer programs
in order to analyze
and interpret result
of scientific
investigation
Use of engineering
design and
computing skills to
the specific tasks of
water engineering

understanding about design methods


of streamlined structural elements.
Lectures,
After studies students will be able to
apply appropriate calculation methods laboratory
works,
for every case.
practicums,
After studies students will be able to
individual
solve individual engineering
task, situation
problems and use gathered
analysis.
information and ideas.
After studies students will be able to
compose the calculation scheme
according to the geometry of
elements and the character of loads.
After studies students will be able to
select optimal dimensions of crosssection for elements which are
effected by tension, compression,
flexure, torsion, buckling and
complex deformation.

Lectures,
laboratory
works,
practicums,
individual
task,
discussion.

Defense of
laboratory works,
practicums and
individual work;
Evaluation of
situation analysis.

Defense of
laboratory works,
practicums and
individual work;
Evaluation of
situation analysis.

Required literature references for subject study:


1. Strength of materials and structures. J. Case, L. Chilver, C. T. F. Ross. Oxford: ButterworthHeinemann, 2003. 706 p.
2. Mechanics of materials. W. F. Riley, L. D. Sturges, D. H. Morris. Hoboken: John Wiley & sons,
2007. 711 p.
Recommended literature references for subject study:
1. Strength of materials: a unified theory. N. Surya, D. Patnaik, A. Hopkins. Elsevier, 2004. 750 p.
2. Mechanics of materials study guide. A. ias. Vilnius: Technika, 2008. 172 p.
3. Mikuckis, F. Mediag atsparumas: mokomoji knyga; Lietuvos ems kio universitetas.
Vandens kio ir emtvarkos fakultetas. Statybini konstrukcij katedra. Kaunas: Ardiva, 2008.
181 p.
Coordinating teacher: lect. dr. Rytis Skominas
Teachers:
Author of the subject description: lect. dr. Rytis Skominas
Reviewers:
Department/Institute reviewer: assoc. prof. dr. Tatjana Sankauskien
Study programme attendant faculty reviewer: assoc. prof. dr. Algirdas Radzeviius
Approval at department: 2012-02-15, Minutes No. 208.
Approval at program committee: 27 February 2012, Minutes No.2.
Subject description valid until: 31 August 2014.