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Undergraduate Course: Behaviour and Design of Structures 3 (CIVE09017)

Course Outline
School School of Engineering College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits 20
Home subject area Civil Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description This course explains the behaviour of steel and concrete structures, and explores how understanding of their behaviour is applied in structural design.

The fundamental mechanics of steel and concrete strutural members are described. The role of design codes in interpreting observed and theoretical behaviour is explained, using the Eurocode methods to design steel and concrete members.

The design methods introduced in lectures and practised during tutorials are applied in a design project that reflects the practical nature of design work to a realistic brief. The project emphasises the importance of the design concept and uncertainty during the design process.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Behaviour and Design of Structures 2 (CIVE08012)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Theory of Structures 3 (CIVE09015) AND Computer Methods in Structural Engineering 3 (CIVE10018) AND Infrastructure Management and Sustainability 3 (CIVE09018)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs YES: This course requires the use of a set of Eurocode Extracts, which cost 25 pounds when purchased through the Engineering Teaching Organisation.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites 2nd year undergraduate civil engineering structural design or similar. The co-requisite requirements must also be taken.
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
King's BuildingsTutorial2-11 14:00 - 14:50
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 15:00 - 17:00
King's BuildingsTutorial2-11 14:00 - 14:50
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 15:00 - 17:00
First Class Week 1, Monday, 15:00 - 17:00, Zone: King's Buildings. Lecture Theatre 1, Sanderson Building
Additional information Above class times for weeks 1 - 6 only.

Weeks 7 - 11: Mondays and Fridays, 1400 - 1700
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes Stationery Requirements Comments
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Behaviour and Design of Structures 3 (CIVE09017)2:0016 sides + 2 graphOpen book, double desks.
Resit Exam Diet (August)Behaviour and Design of Structures 3 (CIVE09017)2:0016 sides + 2 graphOpen book, double desks
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
This course is intended to:

- develop understanding of the fundamental mechanics of concrete and steel members;

- develop the ability to design concrete and steel structures, through a combination of structural understanding and design codes;

- provide an opportunity for open-ended design, to demonstrate the importance of establishing an appropriate design concept, the dynamics of a design team, peer review in design, and communication through reports, drawings and calculations;

- expose students to uncertainty in design and to generate confidence in applying design tools to unfamiliar materials in unfamiliar situations; and

- generate awareness of over-arching design responsibilities and constraints (aspects such as safety in design and sustainability).
Assessment Information
50% examination (2 hours)
50% coursework (design project)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus The course is split into two distinct parts:

Weeks 1 to 6: Taught material
2 x 2 hour Lectures, 2 x 1 hour Tutorials
During the first part of the semester, students will be taught techniques for designing steel and concrete members, through lectures and tutorials.

Weeks 7 to 11: Design Project
2 x 3 hour Design Project Sessions
The design project applies the techniques learnt in the first part of the semester to produce a workable design for a building development.


The following subjects will be covered during the course:

D1 Introduction to the Eurocodes; Design loads
Introduction to building design and the role of design codes; limit states; load cases and load combinations; appropriate use of spreadsheets and software in design.

C1 Flexural design of concrete sections
Ultimate limit state analysis and design of singly and doubly reinforced sections. The balanced section.

C2 Shear in concrete
Shear mechanisms in concrete; the variable angle truss analogy; strut and tie analogies; corbels.

C3 Moment redistribution; serviceability; detailing
Moment redistribution and ductility requirements in continuous beams and slabs; deflection and cracking at serviceability loads; bar placement, curtailment and anchorage checks.

C4 Design of concrete columns
N-M interaction diagrams; non-symmetric reinforcement; biaxial bending; slender columns; internal, external and corner columns.

C5 Design of concrete slabs
One-way, two-way and flat slab design; punching shear.

S1 Steel beams
Design of steel beams; plastic and stability failure; steel-concrete composite structural elements.

S2 Steel columns
Design of steel columns; local stability; dffect of axial load on moment capacity; member stability; overall stability.

S3 Steel connections
Bolted and welded connections.

S4 Portal frames
Design of pinned- and fixed-base frames; haunched frames; wind bracing; cladding, gable end posts, purlins and sheeting rails.

D2 Conceptual design
The role of the design team; conceptual vs. detailed design; concept development; load paths and global stability; iterative design; specialism vs. generalism; appropriate drawing skills; calculation sheets, checking and peer review.


L1 Loads
C1 Flexural design of concrete beam sections
C2 Shear in concrete
C3 Design of one-way slabs and beams
C4 Design of concrete columns
C5 Design of concrete slabs
S1 Steel beams
S2 Steel columns
S3 Steel connections
S4 Portal Frames


Taught material
- The tutorials are attended by the lecturers and tutors, enabling two-way feedback and clarification of general issues within lectures. Tutorial solutions will be provided.

- Exam script viewing will be arranged by the ETO.

Design project
- The design project is conducted in a design office environment in which tutors, lecturers and guest lecturer provide continual review and two-way feedback.
- Instant feedback will be provided on the scheme design submission (Client&s Representative review exercise), followed by written feedback within one week.
- Written feedback will be provided on the detailed design submission.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list References required for the course:

- British Standards (2007). Structural Eurocodes: Extracts from the Structural Eurocodes for Students of Structural Design, PP 1990:2007, 2nd edition. ISBN 978 0 580 50264 4.

Additional reading and alternative coverage of the course material:

- Trahair N.S., Bradford M.A., Nethercot D.A., Gardner L. (2008). The Behaviour and Design of Steel Structures to EC3. 4th edition. ISBN 978 0 415 41866 9.

- The Steel Construction Institute (2005). Steel Designers& Manual. 6th edition, Blackwell Science. ISBN 1405134127. A very useful reference, but the current edition is based upon BS5950, not EC3.*
- Mosley B., Bungey J., and Hulse R (2007). Reinforced Concrete Design to Eurocode 2. Sixth Edition, Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 0 230 50071 4
- Narayana R.S., Goodchild C.H. (2006). Concise Eurocode 2. The Concrete Centre. ISBN 1 904818 35 8
- IStructE, (2006). Manual for the design of concrete building structures to Eurocode 2, The Institution of Structural Engineers, London.*

* Downloadable from the Construction Information Service, part of IHS. Details of the University&s subscription to IHS can be found under the list of databases on the University&s library webpages.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywords Design Structures Steel Concrete
Course organiser Dr Timothy Stratford
Tel: (0131 6)50 5722
Course secretary Miss Nicola Marshall
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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