Engineering

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ECM3155 - Structural Engineering (2015)

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MODULE TITLEStructural Engineering CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECM3155 MODULE CONVENERDr Prakash Kripakaran (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 weeks 0 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 35
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

 

A good knowledge of the philosophies and techniques of structural design and analysis are essential elements of the training of civil engineers. In this module you will learn about these philosophies and techniques, and their application to the design of steel, reinforced concrete, and pre-stressed concrete structures. In hands-on laboratory sessions, you will learn about factors such as elasticity, cracking, tensile strength, shear and flexure, through observation and analysis. You will complete two design projects, one in steel, one in concrete, and will get the chance to carry out calculations, create drawings and make critical judgments. Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to hone your skills in methods of structural analyses, technical report writing and presentation.


In addition, the module emphasises the role of the Engineering Council's Code of Practice, the application of engineering judgment, and the execution of appropriate structural analyses in the context of design problems.


Prerequisite module: ECM2108, ECM2109 or equivalent
 

AIMS - intentions of the module

This module aims to consolidate and extend methods of analysis for both linear elastic and plastic modes of behaviour, and to help you gain an understanding of how engineers apply these methods to real structures. It focuses particularly on steel, reinforced concrete, and prestressed concrete, materials that are often used in civil engineering, despite their complex properties. You will learn how, for this reason, simplified but realistic engineering approaches are required for design purposes. In addition, the module aims to help you appreciate the limitations of these methods, to understand the underlying philosophies of current professional Codes of Practice, and to gain competence in using appropriate methods for the design of simple structures.

 

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 E1, E2, D1, MU1, MU3, ME1, ME2, MD1 and MD2. 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 understand a range of structural theories and methods of analysis, and comprehend their relevance to real structures fabricated in steel and/or concrete and the roles of Codes of Practice;
2 execute appropriate structural analyses in the context of design problems and understand the reasons behind the choices of methods of analysis.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
3 appreciate design synthesis and the importance of engineering judgement in the context of design within the civil engineering discipline;
4 create a detailed design that an engineer can use to build from at a level appropriate to a graduate engineer with an MEng.
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:
5 undertake independent studies;
6 communicate effectively to a level appropriate to a graduate engineer with an MEng.

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

 

Structural analyses:

-       review basic assumptions for linear elastic analyses;

-       moment distribution as a simple iterative technique for carrying out a stiffness method;

-       influence lines;

-       plastic methods for limit analyses;

-       non-linear aspects of material behaviour and slenderness effects;

-       Perry-Robertson curves;

-       limit state design

-       SLS and ULS concepts and associated partial safety factors and their significance in terms of stochastic behaviour;

-       structural materials;

-       an overview of steel production and fabrication;

-       an overview of concrete production, casting, and structural properties with consideration of shrinkage and creep;

-       steel plate girders;

-       stiffeners;

-       buckling with consideration for ULS;

 

Reinforced concrete beams:

-       cracked elastic behaviour for SLS;

-       deflections & creep effects;

-       modes of failure for ULS;

-       under/over-reinforced modes of failure;

-       plastic hinges & moment redistribution; 

-       shear modes;

-       analytical models based on Bernoulli and/or equilibrium; 

 

Prestressed concrete beams:

-       forms and methods of construction, with consideration of losses of prestress;

-       stress diagrams and design for SLS;

-       Magnel diagrams for zero tension and/or limited tension;

-       tendon profiles and load balancing with post-tensioning;

 

 

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 50.00 Guided Independent Study 100.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 22 Lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 4 Site visits
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 11 Tutorials
Guided independent study 100 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 40 Written Exams 60 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
Written exam – closed book 60 3 hours All Written
Coursework – design project 1 18   All Written
Coursework – design project 2 14   All Written
Coursework – laboratory report 8   All Written
         

 

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 Written exam (100%) All August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

If a module is normally assessed entirely by coursework, all referred/deferred assessments will normally be by assignment.
 

If a module is normally assessed by examination or examination plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 40% being awarded if the examination is passed. For deferrals, candidates will be awarded the higher of the deferred examination mark or the deferred examination mark combined with the original coursework mark.

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 Mosley; WH, Hulse; R, Bungey; JH Reinforced concrete design to EuroCode2 Macmillan 2012 978-0230500716 [Library]
Set Illston JM, Domone PLJ Construction Materials – Their Nature and Behaviour 3rd Spon 2001 [Library]
Set Gilbert; RI, Mickleborough; NC Design of Prestressed Concrete Spon Press 1990 978-0419161608 [Library]
Set MacGregor, J G Reinforced Concrete – Mechanics and Design Prentice Hall 2009 000-0-132-33974-9 [Library]
Set The Steel Construction Institute (eds Davison, Buick, Owens, Graham, W) Steel Designers’ Manual The Steel Construction Institute (Blackwell Science Ltd) 2005 978-1-4051-3412-5 [Library]
Set Trahair, N.S, Bradford, M.A, Nethercot, D.A, Gardner, L The behaviour and design of steel structures to EC3 4th edition Taylor and Francis 2008 978-0-415-41866-9 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES ECM2108, ECM2109
CO-REQUISITE MODULES
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Friday 09 January 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Steel design; reinforced concrete; prestressed concrete.