Mechanics

Since the dawn of mankind there have been a constant struggle in order to grasp the reality of the nature. Development of the philosophy of the life has been provoked with such curiosity. In this context mechanics would be simply described as the fundamental study of the laws of nature in terms of mathematics. Since then, in this modern age a strong engineering notion would not be possible without studying mechanics. It is the fundamental step towards analytic thinking and understanding the everyday life around us in engineering perspective. It is one of the oldest main branches of physics. Today every respectable institution which aims for engineering research/education includes mechanics, in teaching and/or research programs.

In Mechanics Division, our first aim in teaching is to introduce the basic concepts to the undergraduate classes from the beginning and construct a solid engineering background. In graduate education we emphasize the importance of research based motivation in teaching and merge the education with the active topics of ongoing research areas.   

In civil engineering, traditional subjects of mechanics are related with the strength of materials and equation of motion of structural systems. Briefly the conditions for the static or dynamic equilibrium of the systems are investigated. Structural systems with inhomogeneous material properties, constructed with different materials such as composites, or new exotic materials are considered. Complex systems with 3D surfaces, different load bearing mechanisms and even the effect of new construction techniques are studied. Basically study of the stability and safety of the structural systems as a whole is in the core area of mechanics in civil engineering perspective.     

 

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