The following is a detailed schedule, showing the 6 sections and 23 units within these sections, and the topics covered within each unit. The readings assigned for each unit are given as well as the day(s) the unit will be covered in lecture (recitation). The abbreviation key for the reading is given at the end.
DAY #  TOPICS  LECTURES & RECITATIONS  READINGS*  ASSIGNMENTS & EXAMS 

Section I: Review of Design Considerations  
1; 2 
Unit 1: Introduction and Design Overview Why Structural Mechanics? Types of Structures; Structural Design Process; Factors in Cost. 
L1; L2 
R: Ch.1 M: 7.1, 7.3, 7.4 

3; 4 
Unit 2: Loads and Design Considerations Sources of Loads/Deflections; Types of Loads and Environments; Limit and Ultimate Loads; Factors and Margins of Safety; Example, the vn Diagram; Definition of Failure; FAR's. 
L3; L4, R 
M: 7.2, 12.1, 12.2 G: 1.7 
RAssessment Exercise 
Section II: General Elasticity  
4; 5 
Unit 3: Language of Stress/Strain Analysis (Review) Definition of Stress and Strain; Notation; Tensor Rules; Tensor vs. Engineering Notation; Contracted Notation; Matrix Notation. 
L4, R; L5 
BMP: A.2, A.3, A.6 R: 2.1, 2.2 T&G: Ch. 1 
HA1 out; DP1 out 
6; 7; 8 
Unit 4: Equations of Elasticity (Review) Equations of Elasticity (Equilibrium, StrainDisplacement, StressStrain); Static Determinance; Compatibility; Elasticity Tensor; Material Types and Elastic Components; Materials Axes vs. "Loading Axes"; Compliance and its Tensor; The Formal Strain Tensor; Large Strains vs. Small Strains; Linear vs. Nonlinear Srain. 
L6; L7; L8, R 
R: 2.3, 2.6, 2.8 T&G: 5.15.5, 5.8, 5.9, 7.17.4, 6.16.3, 6.56.7 J: 2.1, 2.2 (for composites) 

8; 9; 10 
Unit 5: Engineering Constants Engineering Constants (Longitudinal Moduli, Poisson's Ratio, Shear Moduli, Coefficients of Mutual Influence, Chentsov Coefficients); Reciprocity Relations; Engineering Stressstrain Equations; Compliances and Engineering Constants; Purposes of Testing; Issues of Scale; Testing for Engineering Constants; Variability and Issues in Design. 
L8, R; L9; L10 
R: 3.13.5, 3.9, 3.11 M: 1.16 J: 2.3, 2.4, 2.6 
HA1 due; HA2 out; DP1 due; 
11; 12; 13 
Unit 6: Plane Stress and Plane Strain Plane Stress; Plane Strain; Applications; Approximations and Modeling Limitations. 
L11; L12; L13 
T&G: 816 J: 2.5 G: 7.2, 7.7, 8.1, 8.2 
DP2 out; HA2 due; HA3 out 
13; 14 
Unit 7: Transformations and Other Coordinate Systems Review of Transformations: Direction Cosines; 3D tensor form (Axis, Displacement, Stress, Strain, Elasticity Tensor); Plane Stress Case (and Mohr's Circle); Principal Stresses/ Strains; Invariants; Extreme Shear Stresses/Strains; Reduction to 2D; Other Coordinate Systems (Example: Cylindrical); General Curvilinear Coordinates. 
L13; L14 
R: 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 2.9 BMP: 5.6, 5.7, 5.14, 6.4, 6.8, 6.9, 6.11 T&G: 27, 54, 55, 60, 61 J: 2.6 G: 7.3, 7.4 

15; 16; 17; 18 
Unit 8: Solution Procedures Exact Solution Procedures; Airy Stress Function; Biharmonic Equation; Inverse Method; SemiInverse Method; St. Venant's Principle; Examples: Uniaxiallyloaded Plate, Polar Form and Stress Around a Hole; Stress Concentrations; Considerations for Orthotropic Materials. 
L15, R; L16; L17; L18  R: Ch. 4 T&G: 17, Ch. 3, 4, 6 
HA3 due; HA4 out; DP2 due 
18; 19; 20; 21; 23 
Unit 9: Effects of the Environment Where Thermal Strains/"Stresses" come from; Coefficients of Thermal Expansion; Sources of Heating; Spatial Variation of Temperature; Selfequilibrating Stresses; Convection, Radiation, Conductivity (Fourier's Equation); Solution Techniques; "Internal" Stresses; Degradation of Material Properties; Other Environmental Effects; Examples: Moisture; Piezoelectricity. 
L18; L19, R; L20; L21; L22 
R: 3.6, 3.7 T&G: Ch. 13 
HA4 due; DP3 out 
22  No Lecture  Evening Exam 1 ; HA5 out  
Section III: Torsion  
23; 24; 25; 26 
Unit 10: St. Venant Torsion Theory "Types" of CrossSections; St. Venant's Torsion Theory; Assumptions; Considerations for Orthotropic Materials; Torsion Stress Function; Boundary Conditions; Summary of Procedure; Solution; Poisson's Equation; Example:Circular Rod; Resultant Shear Stress; Other CrossSections; Warping. 
L22; L23; L24, R; L25 
R: 8.1, 8.2 T&G: 10.1, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 M: 3.1, 3.2 G: 3.13.4 
HA5 due; HA6 out 
26; 27 
Unit 11: Membrane Analogy Membrane Analogy; Uses; Application: Narrow Rectangular CrossSection; Other Shapes. 
L25; L26 
R: 8.3, 8.6 T&G: 107110, 112114 M: 3.1, 3.3, 3.4 

27; 28; 29 
Unit 12: Torsion of (Thin) Closed Sections Thickwalled Closed Section; Special Case  Circular Tube; Shear Flow; Bredt's Formula; Torsion Summary. 
L26; L27; L28, R 
R: 8.7, 8.8 T&G: 115, 116 M: 8.5 G: 3.10 
HA6 due; HA7 out 
Section IV: General Beam Theory  
29; 30 
Unit 13: Review of Simple Beam Theory Generic types of Loading (review); Review of Simple Beam Theory; Considerations for Orthotropic Materials. 
L28, R; L29 
BMP: 3.83.10 T&G: 120125 G: 5.15.9, 9.19.5, 10.110.4 

30; 31; 32; 33 
Unit 14: Behavior of General Beams and Engineering Beam Theory Geometry Definitions; Assumptions; Stress Resultants; Deformation, Strain, Stress In General Shell Beams; Considerations for Orthotropic Beams; ModulusWeighted Section Properties; "Thermal" Forces and Moments; Selective Reinforcement; Principal Axes of CrossSection; Beams with Unsymmetric CrossSections; Applicability of Engineering Beam Theory; Transverse Shear Effects; Shear Center; Contribution of "Shearing" Deflection; Limitations of Engineering Beam Theory. 
L29; L30; L31; L32, R 
R: 7.17.5, 7.7, 7.8 T&G: 126 M: 2.6, 8.18.3 G: 5.105.12, 6.16.8 
DP3 due 
34; 35; 36; 38; 39; 40 
Unit 15: Behavior (Bending, Shearing, Torsion) of Shell Beams General loading of a Shell Beam; Semimonocoque Construction; Skin/stringer Construction; Single Cell "Box Beam"; Bending Stresses; Shear Stresses; Joint Equilibrium; Pure Shear and Pure Torsion Scheme; General Solution Procedure; "No Twist" Condition; Shear Center; Torque Boundary Condition; Deflections; St. Venant Assumption; Section Properties: Bending, Shear, and Torsional Stiffness; Multicell Shell Beams; "Equal Twist" Condition; Open Section Beams; Thick Skin Shells; Effective Width. 
L33; L34; L35; L36; L37; L38, R 
R: Ch.9, 8.7, 7.6 T&G: 126, 127 M: 7.3, 8.28.10, 9.3 G: Ch. 12 
HA7 due; HA8 (Part A) out (not for handin); HA8 (Part B) due 
37  No Lecture  Evening Exam 2; HA8 (Part B) out  
Section V: Stability and Buckling  
40; 41; 42 
Unit 16: (Review of) Bifucation Buckling Types of Buckling; Governing Equations for Bifucation Buckling; Application of Boundary Conditions; Euler Buckling Load; Coefficient of Edge Fixity; Geometrical Parameters; Considerations for Orthotropic/Composite Beams; Initial Imperfections; Primary and Secondary Moments. 
L38, R; L39; L40 
R: 14.1, 14.2, 14.4 M: 6.1, 6.3 G: 11.111.4 
HA10 out 
43; 44 
Unit 17: The BeamColumn Beamcolumn Definition; Equilibrium Equations; Governing Equations; Solution for Axial Force; Buckling of BeamColumn; Primary and Secondary Moments. 
L41; L42, R 
T: Ch.1 M: 6.4 G: 11.511.6 
HA9 out 
44; 45; 46 
Unit 18: Other Issues in Buckling/Structural Instability Other Issues in Buckling; Squashing; Progressive Yielding; Nonuniform Beams; Plate Buckling; Cylinders; Reinforced Plates; Postbuckling; Curvature Expression for large Deflections; Galerkin Method; Buckling and Failure. 
L42, R; L43; L44 
R: 14.3, 14.514.7, Ch. 15, Ch. 16 T: (Suggested) J: Ch. 5 M: 6.2, 6.66.10 

Section VI : Introduction to Structural Dynamics  
46; 47 
Unit 19: General Dynamic Considerations (Review) System Response: The Regimes and Controlling Factors; Springmass System, Inertial Loads, Governing Equation; Initial Conditions; Damping; Multimass System, Matrix Equation Form; (Sources of) Dynamic Structural Loads; Consequences of Dynamic Structural Response. 
L44; L45, R  
47; 48 
Unit 20: Solutions for Single SpringMass System (Review) Single DegreeofFreedom System; Free Vibration and Natural Frequency; Forced Vibration; Step Function; Unit Impulse, Dirac Delta Function; Arbitrary Force, Duhamel's convolution) Integral; Sinusoidal Force; Dynamic Magnification Factor; Resonance. 
L45, R; L46 
HA10 due; HA11 out (not for handin) 

48; 49 
Unit 21: Influence Coefficients Generalized Forces and Displacements; Flexibility Influence Coefficients; Maxwell's Theorem of Reciprocity; Examples: Cantilevered Beam; Stiffness Influence Coefficients; Physical Interpretations. 
L46; L47 
R: 6.6, 6.13, 10.5 M: 4.10, 11.1, 11.2 
DP4 due 
50; 51 
Unit 22: Vibration of Multi DegreeofFreedom Systems Governing Matrix Equation; Free Vibration; Eigenvalues and EigenvectorsNatural Frequencies and Modes; Examples: Representation of Beam as Discrete Mass System; Physical Interpretation of Modes; Orthogonality Relations; Normal Equations of Motion; Superposition of Modal Responses; Forced Vibration. 
L48; L49, R  
51; 52 
Unit 23: Vibrations of Continuous Systems Generalized BeamColumn Equation with Inertia; Free Vibration; Separation of Spatial and Temporal Solutions; Example: SimplySupported Beam; Natural Frequencies and Modes; Orthogonality Relations; Normal Equations of Motion; Forced Vibration; Superposition of Modal Responses; Resonance. 
L49, R; L50 
^{*} R: Rivello. Theory and Analysis of Flight Structures. McGrawHill, 1969.
T&G: Timoshenko, and Goodier. Theory of Elasticity. McGrawHill, 1970.
BMP: Bisplinghoff, Mar, and Pian. Statics of Deformable Solids. AddisonWesley, 1965.
J: Jones. Mechanics of Composite Materials. McGrawHill, 1975.
C: Cutler. Understanding Aircraft Structures. Granada, 1981.
T: Timoshenko, and Gere. Theory of Elastic Stability. McGrawHill, 1961.
M: Megson. Aircraft Structures for Engineering Students. Halsted, 1990.
G: Gere, and Timoshenko. Mechanics of Materials. 4th ed. PWS, 1997.