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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG3161 Module Title: STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS 3
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: ENG3161
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: HOWARD CM Mr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Semesters 1 and 2
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark( %)
2 hour examination
(Assessment of the following learning outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8)
Elastic and plastic frame analyses.
(Assessment of the following learning outcomes: 7 and in part 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8)
Finite element method analysis.
(Assessment of the following learning outcomes: 5, 6, 7 and 8 )
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.
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: 

1. use techniques of analysis for evaluation of bending moment and shear force distribution in simple unbraced statically indeterminate sway frames;
2. predict the rigid plastic collapse loads for simple beams and unbraced frames;
3. evaluate the positioning of loads for “worst-case” force and deflection actions in simple beams using Influence Lines;
4. recognise and use aspects of structural symmetry to potentially rationalise analytical models;
5. evaluate bending moments on flat plates;
6. use verification and validation techniques to evaluate the appropriateness of simple structural models;
7. employ commercial structural analysis and Finite Element applications to model skeletal and simple plane stress problems;
8. evaluate forms of buckling (instability) failure in simple structural forms
Module Content
Portal frames – analysis of single storey sway frames using slope-deflection equations and zero-shear moment distribution for multi-storey frames;
Plastic collapse – statical and kinematic approaches to estimation of 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;
Finite element method – an introduction to the method, including modelling principles, detailed consideration of 2D plane stress element and overview of membrane and shell element types. Introduction to the use of verification and validation processes in structural analysis modelling;
Stability - an overview of structural stability theory and its significance: buckling problems in columns, beam-columns and laterally unrestrained beams.
Plates – analysis of the bending of rectangular plates under the action of lateral loads – classical solution methods for stresses and deflections and the influence of boundary conditions.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
30 hours of lectures, 19 hours of tutorial classes, and 101 hours independent learning.
Total student learning time 150 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)
S Timoshenko and S Woinowsky-Krieger, Theory of Plates and Shells, McGraw-Hill, 2nd edition, 1959.
S Timoshenko and J Gere, Theory of Elastic Stability, 2nd edition, McGraw Hill, 1963
A C Ugural, Stresses in Plates and Shells, McGraw Hill, 1981.
Z Bazant and L Cedolin, Stability of Structures, Oxford University Press, 1991.

Last Updated
29th September 2010