Prof. Tomasz Wierzbicki
MIT Course Number
2.080J / 1.573J
As Taught In
Prof. Wierzbicki's course notes are so thorough that they serve as an online textbook on structural mechanics.
This course covers the fundamental concepts of structural mechanics with applications to marine, civil, and mechanical structures. Topics include analysis of small deflections of beams, moderately large deflections of beams, columns, cables, and shafts; elastic and plastic buckling of columns, thin walled sections and plates; exact and approximate methods; energy methods; principle of virtual work; introduction to failure analysis of structures. We will include examples from civil, mechanical, offshore, and ship structures such as the collision and grounding of ships.