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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Engineering Mechanics-Strength of Materials


SchoolEnvironmental Engineering
Course LevelUndergraduate
Course IDMATH 204Semester3rd
Course CategoryRequired
Course ModulesInstruction Hours per WeekECTS

Lectures, practice exercises and workshops

Th=3, E=1, L=1
Course Type Special background
Instruction/Exam LanguageGreek
The course is offered to Erasmus studentsYes
Course URLhttps// (in Greek)



Learning Outcomes
This course aims to provide the students with a strong background in the principles of construction technology and mechanical behavior of construction materials focusing to the design of the load bearing system with optimum use of building materials under the effect of any type loadings. The students deeply taught theories and concepts of the natural mechanisms that develop up to the limit states of strength of materials and understand their effect to the behavior of the structures considering stiffness, performance and durability. It also focuses to the understanding of the basic mechanical properties of construction materials, the quantification of experimental techniques and the knowledge of how these properties characterize the response of the material.
General Competencies/Skills
  • Autonomous work
  • Decision-making
  • Teamwork


The basic contents of this lesson are:

  • Basic concepts of material strength.
  • Mechanical properties, performance and durability of materials.
  • Laboratory testing of strength of materials.
  • Advanced methods of material strength control.
  • Optimum dimensioning of cross-sections and safety factors.
  • Impact of dimensioning and selection of construction material of cross-sections of loading bearing system in design and economy of construction.
  • Introduction to the effect of axial forces on the dimensioning of structural elements.
  • Introduction to the effect of bending moments on the dimensioning of structural elements.
  • Introduction to the effect of shear forces of torsional torque on the dimensioning of structural elements.

The laboratory has as content:

  • Testing of tensile strength of materials.
  • Testing of compressive strength of materials.
  • Testing of bending strength of materials. 


Lecture MethodDirect (face to face)
Use of Information and Communication TechnologyUse of Specialized software for the building design building. Learning progress support through E-class electronic platform
Instruction OrganisationActivityWorkload per Semester
- Lectures & tutorial exercises52
- Lab13
- Autonomous study60
Course Total125

Assessment Method

The score is divided into two main sections – written final examination 70%, Projects 20%, Laboratory reports 10%. More analytically:

  1. Written examination (0.7 of the total grade)
  2. Weekly Projects and reports of laboratory exercises (0.3 of the total grade)
    • Laboratory exercise description, 35%
    • Result presentation, 35%
    • Total results, 30%


Suggested bibliography :

  • Beer Ferdinand P., Johnston Russell E. Mechanics of Materials, 6th edition
  • Gere & Timoshenko, Mechanics of Materials, Stanford University, Monterey, California
  • William A. Nash, Theory and Problems of Strength of Materials, Amherst, Massachusetts, 1972
  • Harmer E. Davis – George Earl Troxel – Clement T. Wiskocil, The testing and inspection of Engineering Materials, London, 1964
  • V. Feodosiev, Resistance des Materiaux, Moscow, 1976

Relevant scientific journals:

  • Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, USA
  • Journal of Engineering Mechanics, Elsevier
  • Mechanics of Materials, Elsevier
  • Journal of Materials and Structures, Mathematical Science Publisher


Course Instructor:Professor K. Providakis (Faculty - ARCH)
Lectures:Professor K. Providakis (Faculty - ARCH)
Tutorial exercises:Professor K. Providakis (Faculty - ARCH)
Laboratory Exercises:I. Koutsogiannaki (LTS -EnvEng)