Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Architecture

Code Name Level Year Semester
ARC 375 Strengh of Materials Undergraduate 2 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 4 2 + 2 105 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Ahmed El Sayed, Assist. Prof. Dr. Ahmed El Sayed Sanin Džidić, Assoc. Prof. Dr.
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Strength of Materials encompasses all of the issues and programs and is an essential way of approaching building projects. Understanding Strength of Materials concepts will enable students to think and practice in integrated fashion to meet the demands of nowadays as well as tomorrow\'s high-performance building project.

- Introduce students to the basics of strength of Materials and designing elements;
- Give students fundamental knowledge about the concept of stress and strain;
- Provide information and methods of designing stressed elements;
- Develop and demonstrate abilities to solve simple problems of strength of Materials, Axially stressed members and bending moments;
- Students will be able to understand normal and shear stresses and combined stress, as well as the basic approach to design of beams and determination of the deflections.
- It is expected from students to develop critical thinking skills necessary to formulate appropriate approaches to problem solutions.
- Students will be also able to understand type of loads and their application to the load-bearing elements as well as their determination.

  1. Introduction
  2. Section Properties - Areas and Centroids
  3. Section Properties - Moments of Inertia
  4. Stress and Strain
  5. Normal stress and sign convention
  6. Shear stress
  7. Bending stress and shear stress in beams
  8. Combined stress
  9. Bi axial bending
  10. Eccentric loading and torsion
  11. Beam deflection and radius of curvatures
  12. Superposition principal in solving complex stress cases
  13. Design examples 1
  14. Design examples 2
  15. Final exam preparation


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)120
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Determine the tensile, shear and bearing stresses present in bolted connections under load
    • Determine the contact pressure and bearing stresses present in building foundation elements
    • Determine and select members based on area required for members of trusses and frames
    • 1. Onouye, Barry & Kane, Kevin: Statics and strength of materials for architecture and building construction, Fourth edition. Prentice-Hall Int (UK) Ltd, London, 2012;
    • 2. S. Timoshenko:Strength of Materials – Part 1 – Elementary Theory and problems, D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc, New York 1948;

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)14228
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)14228
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination11010
    Preparation for Final Examination11515
    Assignment / Homework/ Project21020
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 105
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 4