Structural Design for Sustainable Environment


This course aims to review the introduction of structural mechanics first, and to understand its application for structural analysis with energy principle.  Students will learn the background of various analysing techniques for structural behavior and understand the vulnerability of environment.

This course gains 8 ECTS / 4 CP


Lectures delivered in pdf files as follows:

  1. Foundations of solid mechanics and variational methods
  2. Theory of linear elasticity: stress and strain, equations of motion, Hooke’s law, plane stress and plane strain problems
  3. Introduction of the calculus of variations: examples of simple functionals, the first variation, the Delta operator, Euler-Lagrange equation.
  4. Variational principle of energy : Principle of virtual work, principle of minimum potential energy, principle of minimum complementary energy.
  5. Structural behaviour and analysis
  6. Beams: Euler-Bernoulli and Timoshenko beam theory
  7. Plates: Kirchhoff and Mindlin plate theory

Comparison of various analysing techniques


  • Theory of Elasticity/S.P. Timoshenko and J.N. Goodier:McGraw-Hill
  • Theory of Plates and Shells/S.P. Timoshenko and S. Woinowsky-Krieger:McGraw-Hill
  • Energy of Principles in Structural Mechanics/T.R.Tauchert:McGraw-Hill
  • Variational Methods in Elasticity & Plasticity/K.Washizu:Pergamon Press

Teacher Introduction

General Information

Author: Assis. Prof. Dr. Khalid Mohamed Ahmed
Credit Points: 4 CP
Estimated Effort: 4 h / week
Start: Jan, 06 2016
End: Feb, 19 2016