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Structural Mechanics

First Summer Session

Course: CE 2060 Structural Mechanics

Course Description:
Builds on statics to develop relationships between external loads on structural elements of civil engineering interest and the resulting internal loads and deformations. Students are exposed to the development of stress and deformation formulas and the identification and use of significant mechanical properties of civil engineering materials. Must also sign up for CE 2061 Lab.
4.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
1.00 Lab Hours

Course Material Presentations:
Lecture Handouts; Notes Outline; Detailed Course Outline

Lacture Video Sample sample notes logo Detailed Course Outline

Topics Covered:

  • Normal and shear stresses
  • Normal and shear strains
  • Stress-strain relationships
  • Axial member analysis (determinate and indeterminate)
  • Torsional member analysis (determinate and indeterminate)
  • Beam internal loads (shear and moment diagrams)
  • Beam stresses (normal and shear)
  • Allowable stress beam design
  • Pressure vessels
  • Stress and strain transformations
  • Beam deflections
  • Column buckling

LAB component:
This class requires a laboratory component which is designed to reinforce the concepts introduced in the lectures.  All labs are completed virtually and will consist of short videos, exercises using interactive software and raw experimental data that must be analyzed.  Activities included in the lab will have assignments/exercises which will need to be completed, scanned and submitted online. 
There are 10 labs (each takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete).  Topics covered are:

Lab Number

Lab Description


Stress-Strain Behavior of Materials


Axial Loading and Deformation of Bars


Shafts Subject to Torsion


Internal Forces in Beams


Bending Stresses in Beams


Shear Stresses in Beams


Stress Transformations / Mohr’s Circle


Strain Rosettes, 3-D Hooke’s Law, Combined Loading


Beam Deflections

Assignments will be completed using an on-line homework system—Wiley Plus
Mid Term Exams—Student Responsible for Obtaining Proctor (Sample Proctor Approved Form)
Final Exam— Student Responsible for Obtaining Proctor (Sample Proctor Approved Form)
No on-campus presence required
Lab Component

Name: Dr. Bryant Nielson
Phone: 864-656-3312

Student Outcomes—(ABET) This course contributes to the civil engineering student outcomes by developing:

1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics through differential equations and science including calculus-based physics, chemistry, and at least one additional area of science appropriate to civil engineering;
3.  An ability to analyze and interpret experimental data
6.  An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems;

Not a Clemson Student?
Undergraduate Students from other institutions who wish to enroll in courses during the summer only are considered transient students. Visit our "Registrar's" page for specific information regarding registration for summer classes.