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Module Code: CEN206
Module Title: Structural Behaviour and Modelling
Module Level: Level 2
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2017/18
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Civil Engineering
Pre-requisites: N/A
1. To introduce the theory commonly used in computer programs for structural analyses.

2. To consolidate students’ understanding of the principles of structural analysis using finite element method.

3. To ensure students to be capable of conducting computational analysis associated with the design of structural systems.

4. To encourage a safe attitude of using computer programs.
Learning outcomes 
Knowledge and Understanding

A Understand the fundamental engineering principles and analytical techniques used in computer software for structural analyses.

B Recognise the differences between mathematical (conceptual) and computer model.

C Demonstrate the knowledge and understanding of finite element method as an approximation technique to analyse and resolve structural engineering problems.

D Acquire knowledge in the development of responsible attitude and professional experience using computer programs for analysis and design of structural systems.

Intellectual Abilities

E Analyse complex structural problems and synthesise information.

F Evaluate routine and unfamiliar problems and apply professional judgement to devise appropriate design solution.

Practical Skills

G Show experience and enhancement of the use of industry-standard software for analysing engineering structures and solving structurally-related problems.

H Assess, interpret and verify numerical results obtained from structural analysis and design software.

General Transferrable Skills

I Communicate design ideas with annotated drawings and digital representation.

J Work independently, use library resources, manage time and work to deadlines.

Method of teaching and learning 
Lectures complemented by computing lab sessions.
1 - 4 Basic concepts of the finite element method. Shape functions. Direct Stiffness Method for trusses.

5-6 Introduction to Finite Element Analysis software. Interaction with the Graphical User Interface (GUI). Tabular and graphical (sculpt) input. Preparation of input data. Element types. Beam section types and database. Materials library. Loading and boundary conditions. Graphical view and save options. Limitations of computer analyses. Assessment, interpretation and verification of numerical results.

7-10 Flexure Elements. System with mixed truss and beam elements. Galerkin classical method. Galerkin finite element method for differential equations. Galerkin finite element method for trusses/beams.

11-13 Plastic analysis of structures: Bending beyond yield point, Plastic moment of a section, Plastic hinges, General theorems of determination of collapse loads. Examples of simple and continuous beams.

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     13      36  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Coursework Assignments 30.00
3 Final Exam 70.00

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