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Undergraduate Course: Thin-Walled 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 thin-walled structural members; the second covers the stability of structural elements and their analysis.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Theory of Structures 3 (CIVE09015)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites 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 BuildingsTutorial1-11 10:00 - 10:50
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 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)Thin-Walled Members and Stability 41:3012 sides / 2 x graph
Resit Exam Diet (August)1:3012 sides / 2 x graphc/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 thin-walled 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
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered

Segment 1 Thin-walled structures

L1 Introduction
Structure and aims of the course; uses and advantages of thin-walled members; section properties of thin-walled 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 Cross-Sections
Shear stresses in elastic beams with solid cross-sections; Shear stresses in elastic beams with thin walled open cross-sections; shear flow; example on the evaluation of shear flow distribution in an I-section.

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 Cross-Sections
Shear stresses in elastic beams with thin-walled closed cross-sections; box section example.

L6 Torsion in Structural Members
Introduction to uniform; warping and non-uniform torsion; Prandtl&ęs membrane analogy for uniform torsion; evaluation of stresses under uniform torsion for general solid and rectangular cross-sections.

L7 Uniform Torsion in Open and Closed Sections
Uniform torsion in thin-walled open cross-sections; uniform torsion in thin-walled closed cross-sections; 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 non-uniform torsion.

L9 Revision


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; snap-through buckling.

L3 Buckling in more complex systems
Bilinear elastic columns, testing machines.

L4 Inelastic buckling
Tangent and reduced modulus formulae; Shanley&ęs 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 flexural-torsional buckling
Simple torsional buckling; example of a cruciform section; effect of non-uniform 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 I-section; effect of level of application of load; overview of buckling phenomena.

L9 Revision


Bending of Beams
Evaluation of thin-walled section properties; evaluation of the shear centre position; evaluation of bending stress distribution.

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 Perry-Robertson 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: McGraw-Hill, 1961
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywords Not entered
Course organiser Dr Jian-Fei Chen
Tel: (0131 6)50 6768
Course secretary Mrs Laura Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 5690
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