STU 701 - Structural Mechanics Course Content

ECSA CPD approved course (2 credits) - SAIMechE-1348-11/22

The aim of the course is to combine a number of disciplines in structural mechanics that tend to be taught in isolation, but which can seldom be treated in isolation for real structures. It demonstrates a range of failure mechanisms for which calculations are required. The importance of validation and some validation techniques are discussed. The course is based on the principals of structural mechanics, a fundamental requirement for any engineer focusing on evaluating structures.

Engineers who will be involved in structural calculations, whether hand calculations or finite element analysis. Learners should have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of structural mechanics at undergraduate level.


  • Loads
  • Statically determinate vs. statically indeterminate
  • Stress and Strain Overview
  • Simple overview of Beams
  • Stress and strain in more detail
  • Stress Tensor
  • Failure
  • Linear and Nonlinear Behaviour
  • Free Body Diagrams
  • Calculations and Measurements
  • Checking a Calculation
  • Special Topics Overview

Gerrit Visser has a wide range of practical experience in simulation, design and optimization of linear, non-linear and dynamic structural systems.He obtained his B.Eng (Mech) degree in 1996 at the University of Pretoria and finished his Honors studies in 1998 focusing on Control Systems. After finishing 2 years at Kentron (Denel Dynamics) focusing on fine mechanics he started in November 2000 at MSC-Africa which became ESTEQ Engineering and is now known as SIMTEQ Engineering.

As a support engineer, he gained over the last 11 years abundant insight in supporting and training clients in a wide variety of engineering fields in structural and thermal Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Specific fields of application in FEA include: linear- and nonlinear-statics and - dynamics, thermal calculations, modal reduction methods, etc.

Space is limited so early registration is recommended.

Please note:

  • Online registrations need to be submitted at least two weeks before the start of a course!
  • Our course schedule gets updated on a regular basis. Visit our website often for the latest changes.
  • Bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis. Bookings will only be considered as "confirmed" once the completed registration form as well as proof of payment have been received.
  • In the case of unforeseen circumstances SIMTEQ Engineering reserve the right to cancel the course, in which case all fees will be reimbursed in full.
  • Cancellation of enrollment will be subject to a 15% handling fee. No refunds will be made however, substitutions will be accepted.
  • Attendance without payment will not be permitted.

Course Information


Gerrit Visser
Technical Director

Duration: 2 Days

Cost: R 6 650.00/p excl VAT
(25% OFF when attending course ONLINE)

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