Undergraduate Course: ThinWalled Members and Stability 4 (CIVE10002)
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 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) 
Credits 
10 
Home subject area 
Civil 
Other subject area 
None 
Course website 
None

Taught in Gaelic? 
No 
Course description 
The two segments of this course introduce advanced elements of the theory of structures. The first provides an introduction to the behaviour and algebraic analysis of thinwalled structural members; the second covers the stability of structural elements and their analysis. 
Entry Requirements
Prerequisites 
It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed
Theory of Structures 3 (CIVE09015)

Corequisites 

Prohibited Combinations 

Other requirements 
None

Additional Costs 
None 
Information for Visiting Students
Prerequisites 
None 
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? 
Yes 
Course Delivery Information

Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1)

WebCT enabled: Yes 
Quota: None 
Location 
Activity 
Description 
Weeks 
Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Thursday 
Friday 
King's Buildings  Tutorial   111     10:00  10:50   King's Buildings  Lecture   111     11:10  13:00  
First Class 
Week 1, Thursday, 10:00  10:50, Zone: King's Buildings. Lecture Theatre 2, Hudson Beare Building 
Exam Information 
Exam Diet 
Paper Name 
Hours:Minutes 
Stationery Requirements 
Comments 
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)  ThinWalled Members and Stability 4  1:30  12 sides / 2 x graph   Resit Exam Diet (August)   1:30  12 sides / 2 x graph  c/w P03274 
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course, the student should be able to:
 demonstrate the ability to evaluate and explain the behaviour of thinwalled members under bending and torsional loads;
 demonstrate the ability to evaluate and explain the behaviour of structural elements undergoing buckling.

Assessment Information
The assessment will be made on the basis of:
Intermittent assessment 20%
Degree examination 80%

Special Arrangements
None 
Additional Information
Academic description 
Not entered 
Syllabus 
LECTURES
Segment 1 Thinwalled structures
L1 Introduction
Structure and aims of the course; uses and advantages of thinwalled members; section properties of thinwalled members; principal axes and rotation of axes; examples on the evaluation of section properties.
L2 Flexure of Beams and Biaxial Bending
Flexural stresses in elastic beams due to bending in the principal plane and due to biaxial bending; examples.
L3 Shear Stresses in Beams with Solid or Open CrossSections
Shear stresses in elastic beams with solid crosssections; Shear stresses in elastic beams with thin walled open crosssections; shear flow; example on the evaluation of shear flow distribution in an Isection.
L4 The Shear Centre
Shear centre; example on the evaluation of shear centre for a channel section; comparison of centroid and shear centre positions for some sections.
L5 Shear Stresses in Beams with Closed CrossSections
Shear stresses in elastic beams with thinwalled closed crosssections; box section example.
L6 Torsion in Structural Members
Introduction to uniform; warping and nonuniform torsion; Prandtl&©s membrane analogy for uniform torsion; evaluation of stresses under uniform torsion for general solid and rectangular crosssections.
L7 Uniform Torsion in Open and Closed Sections
Uniform torsion in thinwalled open crosssections; uniform torsion in thinwalled closed crosssections; elastic analysis of statically determinate and statically indeterminate members under uniform torsion; examples.
L8 Warping Torsion in Open Sections
Warping deflections and stresses; warping constant; example to demonstrate the evaluation of warping displacements, shear and longitudinal stresses due to warping torsion; warping torsion analysis of statically determinate and statically indeterminate members with examples; introduction to nonuniform torsion.
L9 Revision
SEGMENT 2 STABILITY OF STRUCTURES
L1 Introduction & elastic bifurcation buckling
Structure and aims of the course, linear buckling as an eigenvalue problem, bifurcation of equilibrium paths, stability of equilibrium.
L2 Imperfections and geometric nonlinearities in elastic structures
Effect of imperfections and nonlinearities; imperfection sensitivity; snapthrough buckling.
L3 Buckling in more complex systems
Bilinear elastic columns, testing machines.
L4 Inelastic buckling
Tangent and reduced modulus formulae; Shanley&©s explanation; Perry treatment.
L5 Local buckling: 1
Introduction to local buckling; derivation of plate buckling loads for various support conditions and directions of load; examination of buckling modes; critical width to thickness ratios.
L6 Local buckling: 2
Postbuckling strength of thin plates in compression and in shear; effect of initial imperfections and residual stresses; design rules.
L7 Torsional and flexuraltorsional buckling
Simple torsional buckling; example of a cruciform section; effect of nonuniform twisting; combined mode of twisting and flexure.
L8 Lateral torsional buckling of beams
Lateral torsional buckling of a deep rectangular section (various load cases) and an Isection; effect of level of application of load; overview of buckling phenomena.
L9 Revision
TUTORIALS
Bending of Beams
Evaluation of thinwalled section properties; evaluation of the shear centre position; evaluation of bending stress distribution.
Torsion
Evaluation of twist under uniform torsion and warping torsion; evaluation of torsion and warping constants; uniform and warping torsion analysis of structures.
Theory of elastic stability
Derivation of nonlinear law; derivation of equilibrium expressions for a single degree of freedom system, accounting for the effects of nonlinearities and imperfections; determination of the stability of equilibrium for this system and plotting of all equilibrium paths; explaining imperfection sensitivity.
Applied stability problems
Calculation of the critical stress using tangent and reduced modulus theories and the PerryRobertson equation; derivation of the critical load for a thin plate from energy equations; calculation of elastic critical stresses due to flexural, torsional, lateral torsional, and local buckling.

Transferable skills 
Not entered 
Reading list 
 Trahair, N.S. and Bradford, M.A., The Behaviour and Design of Steel Structures, London: Chapman & Hall, 1995
 Calladine, C.R., Theory of Shell Structures, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1983
 Timoshenko, S.P. & Gere, J.M., Theory of Elastic Stability, New York: McGrawHill, 1961

Study Abroad 
Not entered 
Study Pattern 
Not entered 
Keywords 
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Contacts
Course organiser 
Dr JianFei Chen
Tel: (0131 6)50 6768
Email: j.f.chen@ed.ac.uk 
Course secretary 
Mrs Laura Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 5690
Email: laura.smith@ed.ac.uk 

