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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE1M56
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: PARKE GA Prof (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability

Semester 2

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment





Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)





2 hour examination










Coursework – One assignment:





The analysis and design of a steel/concrete composite foot bridge.










Qualifying Condition(s) 





An overall mark of 50% is required to pass the module.





Module Overview
Structural Engineering to Level HE3 and module ENGM030.
Module Aims

This module aims to give the student:





  • an understanding of composite bridge design and construction related to BS 5400 and EC Codes;


  • an understanding of steel plate girder and box girder design, related to BS 5400 and EC Codes;
  • an understanding of the importance of ensuring stability during the construction of bridges.
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module the student will be able to:





  • undertake an economic and structural appraisal of various schemes available for a particular bridge crossing;


  • undertake the preliminary design of steel/concrete composite, single and continuous span bridges;


  • calculate the expected fatigue life for a range of welded details use in steel bridges;
  • undertake a stability appraisal for a steel/concrete bridge under construction.
Module Content

Composite construction (4 Weeks)





Construction types.  Propped and unpropped construction.  Serviceability and ultimate limit states.  Design for bending and shear.  Continuous construction.  Plastic analysis.  Reference to current EC and BS codes of practice.  Design  of  shear connectors.









Steel Plate Girders (6 Weeks)





Design of girders for shear and bending interaction, design of transverse stiffeners.





Fatigue behaviour of steel bridges and connections; appraisal to Part 10 BS 5400. 





Means of improving fatigue performance of steel bridges.





Design of bolted and welded steel bridge connections.









Practical Content
Site visits as and when available and lectures from visiting Consulting Engineers.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

25 hours lectures/independent study, 5 hours tutorial/question classes/self assessment questions, 38 hours assignment work, 2 hours examination and 80 hours independent learning.





Total student learning time 150 hours.

Selected Texts/Journals

Anon, Design Guide for Composite Box Girder Bridges, Steel Construction Institute, 1994.





Troitsky MS, Planning and Design of Bridges. Wiley, 1994.





Dowling PJ, Harding JE and Bjorhovde R, Constructional Steel Design, Elsevier Applied Science, 1992.





Anon, Design Guide for Simply Supported Composite Bridges, Steel Construction Institute, 1991.





Anon, Design Guide for Continuous Bridges 1, Steel Construction Institute, 1989a.





Anon, Design Guide for Continuous Bridges 2, Steel Construction Institute, 1989b.





Dubas P and Gehri E, Behaviour and Design of Steel Plated Structures, ECCS, 1986.





Johnson RP and Buckby RJ, Composite Structures of Steel and Concrete, Volume 2: Bridges, Collins, 1986.





BS5400 Part 3 Code of Practice for design of Steel Bridges, British Standards Institution, 2000.





BS5400 Part 5 Code of Practice for design of Composite Bridges, British Standards Institution, 2005.





BS5400 Part10 Code of Practice for design of Steel, Concrete and Composite Bridges , Code of Practice for Fatigue, British Standards Institution, 1980.





ICE Manual of Bridge Engineering, ed. Parke G., Hewson N., Thomas Telford, 2008, (ISBN 978-0-7277-3452-5).









Required reading


Managing health and safety in construction, Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007. Approved Code of Practice L144 HSB Books 2007 ISBN 978 0 7176 6223 4.

Last Updated

6 August 2010