
Module Availability 
Semester 1 


Assessment Pattern 
Unit(s) of Assessment

Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)

2 hour examination
(Assessment of the following learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6)

80

Coursework
Elastic and plastic frame analyses.
(Assessment of the following learning outcomes: 5 and in part 1, 2, 4 and 6)

20

Qualifying Condition(s)
An overall mark of 40% is required to pass the module.




Module Overview 
The module provides an introduction to modelling of structural behaviour using the Generalised Stiffness approach for skeletal forms and the Finite Element Method for continuous forms. 


Prerequisites/Corequisites 
Completion of the progress requirements of Level HE2 


Module Aims 
To attain an understanding of the mathematics and terminology used to describe the behaviour of statically indeterminate structures. 


Learning Outcomes 
By the end of the module, students will be able to:
 use techniques of analysis for evaluation of bending moment and shear force distribution in simple unbraced statically indeterminate sway frames;
 predict the rigid plastic collapse loads for simple beams and unbraced frames;
 evaluate the positioning of loads for “worstcase” force and deflection actions in simple beams using Influence Lines;
 recognise and use aspects of structural symmetry to potentially rationalise analytical models;
 employ commercial structural analysis and Finite Element applications to model skeletal structural forms;
 evaluate forms of buckling (instability) failure in simple structural forms



Module Content 
Portal frames – analysis of single storey sway frames using slopedeflection equations and zeroshear moment distribution for multistorey frames;
Plastic collapse – statical and kinematic approaches to estimation of rigid plastic collapse loads for beams and simple frames;
Influence lines – for statically determinate beam problems;
Symmetry – use of symmetry in analysis;
Generalised stiffness method – application of matrix methods to the modelling of plane trusses and unbraced frames and an introduction of the Finite Element Method for skeletal forms
Stability  an overview of structural stability theory and its significance: bucking problems in columns, beamcolumns and laterally unrestrained beams. 


Methods of Teaching/Learning 
22 hours of lectures, 11 hours of tutorial classes, and 67 hours independent learning.
Total student learning time 100 hours. 


Selected Texts/Journals 
Ghali A and Neville A, Structural Analysis – a Unified Classical and Matrix Approach, Taylor & Francis, 2003. (ISBN 04152 80923)
Dawe DJ, Matrix and Finite Element Displacement Analysis of Structures, Clarendon, 1984. (ISBN 01985 6211X)
Ugural AC and Fenster SK, Advanced Strength and Applied Elasticity, Arnold , 1994. (ISBN 01313 7589X)
Z Bazant and L Cedolin, Stability of Structures, Oxford University Press, 1991. 


Last Updated 
29th September 2010 
