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Module Code: CEN203
Module Title: Engineering Structures
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: CEN103
To provide awareness and some understanding of the principles of solid mechanics applied to engineering structures. In particular, the behaviour and types of failure of simple elastic systems and structural members used throughout civil engineering.

Learning outcomes 
Knowledge and Understanding

A Solid mechanics principles applied to engineering structures such as beams, columns, frames, trusses and rigid structures.

B Differentiate statically determinate and indeterminate structures.

C Draw deflected shape, bending moment and shear force diagrams for beams and frames.

D The types of behaviour of simple elastic structural systems.

E Apply theory to predict the behaviour and failure of simple elastic structural systems using appropriate mechanisms.

F Importance of the effect of parameters such as length, sectional area, Young’s modulus, loadings, boundary conditions on the behaviour of the structures.

G Fundamentals of plastic analysis, plastic hinges and collapse loads.

Intellectual Abilities

H To understand and predict the behaviour and failure of engineering structural systems.

I To use the methodologies to model and to analyse and solve engineering structural problems.

J To analyse and interpret experimental data.

Practical Skills

K Skills in carrying out experimental work using test, measurement equipment and techniques.

L Skills in collecting and recording data.

General Transferable Skills

M Skills for technical report writing, analysis and interpretation of data and concluding.

N Skills to use structural analysis software and to interpret their results.

O General computing and IT skills.

Method of teaching and learning 
The material in this module is delivered through a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and practical sessions.
Elastic analysis of statically determinate/indeterminate structures and stability of a column.

Energy theorems: Elastic strain energy, Method of virtual work, Deflection of Trusses and Beams by virtual work method, Castigliano’s theorem, Deflection/deformation and rotation under compression, tension, bending, and torsion of beams, frames, and trusses.

Statically indeterminate structures: Concept of statically determinate and indeterminate structures. Slope deflection and Moment distribution methods. Examples for continuous beams, frames, and for frames that sway. Introduction to understanding of structural behaviour.

Column under compressive loading (Buckling of Struts): Euler buckling load for a perfect pin-ended and other end boundary conditions. Buckling about major and minor axis. Buckling of struts for other conditions such as eccentric loading, initial curvature and lateral loadings.

Shear stress analysis of structural members: Stresses in symmetrical/unsymmetrical sections. Shear centre and flow of open sections. Unsymmetrical bending of symmetric and unsymmetrical sections.

Lab class: Virtual and experimental laboratories for buckling of struts, shear centre and unsymmetrical bending. Computer structural analysis for frames and verified by manual calculations.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     26  8    90  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Final Examination 80.00
2 Lab Frame Analysis 10.00
4 Lab Buckling And Unsymmetrical Bending 10.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 10/22/2017 10:33:40 AM