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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


School Environmental Engineering
Course Level Undergraduate
Course ID MATH 204 Semester 3rd
Course Category Required
Course Modules Instruction Hours per Week ECTS

Lectures, practice exercises and workshops

Th=3, E=1, L=1
Course Type  Special background
Instruction/Exam Language Greek
The course is offered to Erasmus students Yes
Course URL https// (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 Method Direct (face to face)
Use of Information and Communication Technology Use of Specialized software for the building design building. Learning progress support through E-class electronic platform
Instruction Organisation Activity Workload per Semester
- Lectures & tutorial exercises 52
- Lab 13
- Autonomous study 60
Course Total 125

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)