MEng Civil Engineering
Year of entry: 2022
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Course unit details:
Structures 3 (Civil)
|Unit level||Level 3|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates
This unit gives students insight and analysis skills on plastic failure of structures, introduces and defines failure criteria, explains the basis of finite element analysis outworked in stiffness matrix problems and uses lumped parameter models to analysis structural dynamics.
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
|Structures 1 (Civil)||CIVL13001||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
|Structures 2 (Civil)||CIVL20001||Pre-Requisite||Compulsory|
To develop further methods for the static elastic analysis for indeterminate structures and introduce methods for the plastic analysis of structures and material failure criteria. To continue the development of the qualitative analysis of structures. To integrate transferrable skills of computer programming taught in previous years through application to structural analysis problems.
1. Plastic Analysis
Which may include: plastic moment capacity of structural sections; Mechanism based analysis of beams and frames; Instantaneous Centre of Rotation
2. Stress analysis -or- non-linear analysis
Material failure theories or simplified non-linear analysis of discrete structural systems.
3. The finite element method (theory and implementation)
Theoretical introduction, with implementation developed via computer programming.
4. Structural Dynamics
Which may include: free vibrations; natural frequencies; damped vibrations; harmonically forced vibrations; resonance
5a. Laboratory Experiment
Failure of portal frames by developing plastic hinges under vertical and horizontal loading
5b. Use of computer programming in structural analysis
Modification and/or development of first-principles computer programmes to solve complex structural/stress analysis problems, deployed as a theme throughout all syllabus components.
6. Qualitative Analysis
Qualitative analysis skills developed previously will be exploited throughout this unit.
Other - Assessed tutorial work
Exam - In line with standard MACE exam procedures.
Other - On the day after submission, full detailed solutions are provided for ongoing self-evaluation. At the end of the semester the graded submissions are given specific feedback.
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|Andrew Foster||Unit coordinator|