Engineering

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ECMM152 - Conceptual Design of Bridges (2015)

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MODULE TITLEConceptual Design of Bridges CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODEECMM152 MODULE CONVENERDr Maria Rosaria Marsico (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 3
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 20
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

This module discusses principles of conceptual design of bridges and their implementation in engineering practice. You will develop an understanding of conceptual design of road bridges and footbridges including functionality, actions on bridges, foundation, maintainability, sustainability, recycling and reuse, and adapt those principles to real bridges. You will develop a rational approach to elaborate and validate conceptual designs. Case studies such as planning deck replacement of  the Angus Macdonald suspension bridge (Canada), construction of the asymmetric Ada cable-stayed bridge (Serbia), and design and construction of a pedestrian arc bridge inspired by a Leonardo da Vinci sketch (Norway) will be discussed.

 

AIMS - intentions of the module

To equip you with principles of conceptual design and develop skills to implement those principles in practical application.

Lectures will cover a range of topics including:

  • form and functionality;
  • sustainability;
  • resilience
  • retrofit;
  • operation and maintenance.
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. Use and apply principles of conceptual design of bridges such as form and function, construction materials and methods;
2. Perform conceptual design of bridges, considering actions and load distribution.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge

3. Apply critical theory and methodology of conceptual design of bridges, including construction plan, maintenance and reuse;
4. Evaluate core aspects of conceptual design of bridge and demonstrate the ability of implementing them.

Personal and Key Transferable / Employment Skills and Knowledge

5. Work in a team;
6. Illustrate effective creativity and communication skills using a variety of commonly available media and techniques
 

 

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
  1. Form and function of bridges:Cable-stayed bridge, suspension bridge, arc bridge;
  2. Actions on bridges;
  3. Bridge foundations:Spread footings, piling;
  4. Construction materials of bridges:Steel bridge, concrete bridge, wood bridge, stone bridge, glass walkway;
  5. Retrofit and reuse of bridges:Cables and deck replacements, reuse of historic bridges;
  6. Footbridges and cycle bridges;
  7. Sustainability;
  8. Operation and maintenance of bridges;
  9. Workshops and tutorials on real case studies.
LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 40.00 Guided Independent Study 110.00 Placement / Study Abroad 0.00
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 22 Lectures
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 7 Tutorials with individual support
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 2 Participative group case study exercises to stimulate discussion and provide student feedback
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 9 Group seminars based on prepared talk presented by students
Guided group work 110 Carrying out Individual assignments, preparing group seminar, watching videos, reading and research

 

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
There will be opportunities to reflect on and review work undertaken towards assessed Coursework     Discussion with Tutorials
       
       
       
       

 

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
Written coursework on real case study (in group) 30 Up to 10 Pages 1-6 Paper marked and returned
Examination 70 2 hours 1,3,4 Mark 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-assessment
All Above Written report for coursework assignments missed/failed All August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

All referred/deferred assessments will be by written exam

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

Basic reading:

 

ELE: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/

 

Web based and Electronic Resources:

 

Other Resources:

 

Reading list for this module:

Type Author Title Edition Publisher Year ISBN Search
Set Troyano LF Bridge Engineering: A Global Perspective Thomas Telford, London 2003 9780 727732156. [Library]
Set Gimsing NJ Cable Supported Bridges: Concept and Design 3rd 9780 470666289. [Library]
Set Cynthia, Phillips, Priwer, Shana. Bridges and Spans Routledge 2014 [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 Tuesday 07 October 2014 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 28 May 2015
KEY WORDS SEARCH Cable-stay bridge, suspension bridge, sustainability, earthquake load, maintenance, operation, footbridge, road bridge, vibrations, bridge collapse, monitoring.