Structural analysis 2

ltarc1261  2021-2022  Tournai

Structural analysis 2
5.00 credits
20.0 h + 45.0 h

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
This teaching unit provides an introduction to the analysis of load bearing structures. It forms part of the continuous process of learning about structures and their behaviour.
The course introduces fundamental concepts which enable students to
  • formulate all the stages in the analysis of a structure : production of a static diagram, assessment of stress and internal loads.
  • maintain a dialogue with an engineer specialised in this field.
The following topics are covered:
  • Extended, compressed and bent structures
  • Tensile (cables) and compressed (arches) structures
  • Isostatic and hyperstatic structures
  • Lowering of loads
  • Stability of form (slender elements) and stability of the whole (bracing).
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Specific learning outcomes:
By the end of the course, students are able to
1. undertake an overall analysis of a structure, i.e.:
  • formulate the vertical and horizontal stresses acting on a structure
  • produce the static diagram which shows this
  • formulate the conditions of overall stability
  • formulate the conditions of stability / instability of an isolated structural element
  • analyse the structural behaviour of supports and assemblies.
2. use graphic and analytical methods applied to principles of balance, the determination of internal loads and associated constraints, the determination of deformations in the context of compressed, extended and bent structures (isostatic and hyperstatic structures).
3. identify the influence of hyperstaticity on the mechanical behaviour of a structure.
4. develop a logical procedure which
  • on one hand, summarises acquired knowledge and demonstrates mastery of basic concepts   and
  • on the other hand, makes a link with other disciplines, particularly the architectural project. 
Contribution to the learning outcomes reference framework:
With regard to the learning outcomes reference framework of the Bachelor's degree in Architecture, this teaching unit contributes to the development, the acquisition and the assessment of the following learning outcomes:
Make use of other subjects
  • Interpret the knowledge of other subjects
  • Make use of other subjects to ask questions about the design and implementation of an architectural project
Use the technical dimension
  • Be familiar with and describe the main technical principles of building
  • Observe and assess the main construction principles of a building
  • Acquire an instinctive understanding of structures to use in producing a creative work of architecture
Allen E., Zalewski W., Form and Forces, Designing efficient, expressive structures, Boston, Wiley, 2010
Muttoni A., L'art des structures, Lausanne, PPUR, 2004
Salvadori M., Comment ça tient ?, Editions Parenthèses, 2005
Studer M-A. & Frey Fr., Introduction à l'analyse des structures, Lausanne, PPUR, 1997
Schodek D., Bechthold M., Structures, sixth edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008
Gordon J., Structures et matériaux, Pour la science, Belin, 1994
Teaching materials
  • Présentations PowerPoint du cours théorique
  • Enoncés d'exercices sur les différents thèmes abordés en cours
  • Notes personnelles de l'étudiant.e
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Bachelor in Architecture (Tournai)