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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG2015 Module Title: ENGINEERING LABS 2
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1216
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: MULHERON MJ Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Semesters 1 & 2

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Continuous assessment:
Concrete Technology - 2 reports (1 short + 1 long).
Fluid Mechanics - 2 (short) reports (Semester 1); and 1 essay (Semester 2).
Soil Mechanics - 3 reports (2 short + 1 long)
Structural Mechanics - 2 reports (1 short + 1 long).
Attendance at laboratory classes is compulsory
Qualifying Condition(s) 
A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Module Overview

A second level laboratory based module designed to provide further practical experience in experiments and tasks covering the key disciplines of concrete technology, fluid mechanics, soil mechanics and structural mechanics as well as reinforcing health and safety working practice.


Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE1 and module ENG1050

Module Aims

To give students practical experience in experimentation and investigation; to reinforce concepts covered in the parallel modules in Fluid Mechanics, Structures and Soil Mechanics and Concrete Technology; to improve researching, reporting and presentation skills.

Learning Outcomes

That by the end of the module, students will:
·       Be familiar with the appropriate Health and Safety issues when working, and understand the need for care in experimental procedures.
·       Know how to test fresh and hardened concrete.
·       Understand how the boundary layer wind profile over a surface is affected by its roughness.
·       Appreciate how pressure measurements may be used to derive wind-induced drag factors.
·       Understand the mechanisms of seepage and groundwater flow and the danger of uncontrolled seepage.
·       Appreciate the factors controlling the shear strength of soil and the crucial role of pore water pressure.
·       Have a broad understanding of the mechanism of consolidation of soils.
·       Be able to apply basic theory and analysis software to predict the behaviour of unbraced frames.
·       Appreciate the concept of composite beam action and be able to apply the principles in the design of composite beams.
·       Have improved their ability to undertake experimental investigations, to research independently and to report their findings.

Module Content

Concrete Technology: tests on fresh and hardened concrete and on reinforced concrete beams.
Fluid Mechanics: experiments on boundary layers and the flow round a circular structure.
Soil Mechanics: experiments on seepage, shear strength (triaxial testing) and consolidation
Structural Mechanics: experimental investigations via model testing to illustrate the behaviour of composite beams and unbraced frames.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Learning takes place through ‘hands-on’ experience during experiments, through discussion with laboratory supervisors, through processing of results and their presentation, through researching via the library and the Internet, and by the writing of essays and reports and receiving feedback on them.
24 hours of practical laboratory classes, and 76 hours independent learning.
Total student learning time 100 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Recommended background reading
Concrete Technology: as recommended in the parallel module (ENG2075)
Fluid Mechanics: use of Internet resources and reference texts.
Soil Mechanics: Soil Mechanics Laboratory Manual (internal publication) and individual references recommended therein.
Structures: use of Internet resources and reference texts.
Required reading

Last Updated

30th September 2010