Engineering

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ECM2109 - Structures (2015)

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MODULE TITLEStructures CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM2109 MODULE CONVENERDr Khurram Wadee (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 0 11 weeks 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 145
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module builds on earlier modules to give you exposure to real structures problems and will help you to develop a fuller understanding of the mechanical behaviour of structures and its application to engineering design.

 

You will increase your ability with mathematical analysis and in particular its application to solving problems in structures. Moreover, you will have further developed your experimental skills and awareness of health and safety practice within engineering.


Prerequisite module: ECM1102 or equivalent
 

AIMS - intentions of the module

This course addresses a range of topics essential to the understanding and solution of civil and mechanical engineering problems. These include: loads, strain, buckling, bending, deflection and rotation, and flexibility.

 

This module covers Specific Learning Outcomes in Engineering, which apply to accredited programmes at Bachelors/MEng/Masters level. These contribute to the  educational requirements for CEng registration (as defined under the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence – UK-SPEC).


This module correlates to references U1, U2, E1, E2, P1, P2 and P6. These references are indices of the specific learning outcomes expected of Bachelors/MEng/Masters candidates set out in UK-SPEC, codified with reference to systems used by professional accrediting institutions. A full list of the standards can be found on the Engineering Council's website, at http://www.engc.org.uk

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module, you should be able to:

 

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:
1 explain and utilise strain energy methods;
2 calculate the critical buckling load for struts under compression;
3 compute beam deflections for single, multi-span, prismatic and non-prismatic beams;
4 determine the static indeterminacy of beam and 2D frame structures;
5 use Macaullay's method to derive the deflection in statically determinate and indeterminate prismatic beams;
6 use virtual work to find unknown reactions, bending moments etc. in statically
determinate 2D structures;
7 use virtual work to find deflections and rotations in statically determinate 2D structures;
8 employ the flexibility method to find bending moments in statically indeterminate 2D structures;
9 find the kinematic indeterminacy of beam and 2D frame structures;
10 use the stiffness method to find bending moments in statically indeterminate 2D structures;
11 evaluate the maximum plastic moment of beams with simple cross sections (rectangular or I-beams);
12 estimate the plastic collapse load of simple 2D structures.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
13 demonstrate improved experimental skills and awareness of health and safety practice in laboratory classes;
14 show increased ability with mathematical analysis and in particular its application to solving problems.
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:
15 illustrate developed problem solving and presentation skills, (e.g. through submission of laboratory reports).

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

- this module builds on earlier modules to give you exposure to methods applicable to real structures problems;

- the methods covered are fundamental to the understanding and the solution of mechanical and civil engineering problems;

- furthermore, where appropriate (e.g. in laboratories), you are reminded of health and safety, and a formal risk assessment is presented to you as part of the College's commitment to fostering an awareness of risk issues in engineering.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 46.00 Guided Independent Study 104.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 33 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 11 Tutorials

Scheduled learning and teaching activities

2 Laboratories
Guided independent study 104

Guided independent study

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
Form of Assessment Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Not applicable      
       
       
       
       

 

SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 30 Written Exams 70 Practical Exams 0
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Formal Examination 70 2 hours 1-12 Mark returned
Coursework Laboratory reports 10 6 hours 4,6,7,11-15 Report marked and returned
Coursework - end of lecture worksheet 20 2 hours 1-12 Marked and returned
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
All above Written exam (100%) All August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

The referred/deferred assessments will be by formal examination.

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

ELE – http://vle.exeter.ac.uk


 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Bhatt, P Structures Longman 1999 0582312221 [Library]
Set Gere, JM, Goodno, B J Mechanics of Materials Cengage Learning 2013 978-0495438076 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES ECM1102
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 2 (NQF level 5) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 09 January 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Structural analysis; elastic behaviour; elastoplastic behaviour.