Engineering

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ECMM108 - Advanced Structural Engineering (2015)

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MODULE TITLEAdvanced Structural Engineering CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECMM108 MODULE CONVENERDr Khurram Wadee (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 11 weeks 11 weeks 0
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 28
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

In the late 20th century, the understanding of structural engineering came on in leaps and bounds, and the depth and breadth of knowledge in this field has continued to gather pace.

Using the case study method, you will further refine your knowledge of the most current and advanced concepts in designing and assessing safe structures. This module covers specific challenges, such as computational modelling, plate bending theory, limit analysis, buckling and twisting, thermal integrity, vibration, and earthquake design.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The general aim of this module is to extend your understanding of structural behaviour, by teaching you about new advanced concepts in the context of design and/or assessment of 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, MU1, MU4, ME1 - ME3, MP1, MP2 and GM4. 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 structural behaviour and appropriate tools for analysis.
Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:
2 show developed appropriate mathematical skills necessary for complex structural analyses.
Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:
3 demonstrate independent learning skills, and the ability to apply judgmental and critical skills in selecting appropriate methods of analysis.

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

The syllabus will be based on the following main themes:

- review linear methods of analysis;

- analyses based on matrix and finite element methods - particularly for frames and plates;

- significance of statical indeterminacy as regards thermal effects, lack of fit, and structural integrity;

- study of more general forms of structure

- plates/slabs,  and modelling with elastic theories such as Kirchhoff and Reissner-Mindlin and FE models for SLS;

- dynamic behaviour of structures

- dynamic behaviour of structures;

- dynamic behaviour, vibration characteristics of frames and plates;

- applications to seismic response and diagnostic tests of structural integrity;

- non-linear behaviour; 

- due to material due to material (eg plasticity)  geometric non-linearities;

- buckling and post-buckling of elastic structures, buckling of real columns; 

- limit analysis in design/or assessment;

- strut and tie models;

- yield line and equilibrium strip methods as limit analyses for ULS.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 22.00 Guided Independent Study 128.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 11 Tutorials
Scheduled learning and teaching activities 11 Seminars
Guided independent study 128 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 50 Written Exams 50 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 50 2 hours All Returned Mark
Coursework – written report 1 12.5 2 hours All Written
Coursework – written report 2 12.5 2 hours All Written
Coursework – written report 3 12.5 2 hours All Written
Coursework – written report 3 12.5 2 hours 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 above Examination All August Ref/Def Examination 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 examinaton plus coursework, referred and deferred assessment will normally be by examination. For referrals, only the examination will count, a mark of 50% 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 Chopra AK Dynamics of Structures: theory and applications to earthquake engineering 2nd Prentice Hall 2001 000-0-130-86973-2 [Library]
Set Bazant, Z. P. & Cedolin, L Stability of Structures Oxford University Press. Also available in paperback from Dover Publications 1991 000-0-195-05529-2 [Library]
Set MacGregor, J G Reinforced Concrete – Mechanics and Design Prentice Hall 2009 000-0-132-33974-9 [Library]
Set El Naschie M S Stress, Stability and Chaos in Structural Engineering: An energy approach McGraw-Hill 1990 000-0-077-07310-X [Library]
Set Cook; R.D. et al Concepts and Applications of Finite Element Analysis 4th Wiley 2002 [Library]
Set Hillerborg, A Strip method Design handbook 1 Taylor and Francis 1996 978-0419187400 [Library]
CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 7 AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Friday 09 January 2015 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 25 November 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Finite element methods; structural stability; dynamics.