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Undergraduate Course: Computer Methods in Structural Engineering 3 (CIVE09027)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course introduces computational matrix methods (flexibility and stiffness) as a tool for numerical analysis of structures with an introduction to the mathematics of matrices.
Course description Lectures (2 hours per week); Tutorials (1 hour per week); Computing lab exercises, and 1 computing lab project
L1-2 Introduction to basic concepts; Basic matrix operations
L3-4 Fundamental structural analysis principles and indeterminacy; Stiffness and flexibility concepts
L5-6 Flexibility method and beam example; Introduction to MASTAN (or a similar stiffness method-based structural analysis program)
L7-8 Stiffness method fundamentals; Stiffness method for beams with the unit displacement approach
L9-10 Stiffness method with unit displacement approach for beams (continued); Computer oriented direct stiffness method fundamentals
L11-12 Direct stiffness method for beams
L13-14 Direct stiffness method for trusses
L15-16 Direct stiffness method for frames
L17-18 Stiffness method with unit displacement approach for trusses and frames
Summary and revision
T1 Static and kinematic indeterminacy & Flexibility and stiffness coefficients
T2-T3 Flexibility method problems
T4-T6 Stiffness method problems beams
T7-T9 Stiffness method problems - trusses and frames
Computing Lab Exercises:
A set of problems are provided for exercises using the designated computing software (MASTAN or equivalent).
Computing Project: Using frame analysis software (MASTAN or equivalent)
Two frame problems will be set for the students to analyse. They will be asked to provide a report based on all the work carried out for the analyses and the assumptions made. They will be asked to present results in the form of graphs and diagrams (shear force, bending moment and deflection) and their interpretation of the results obtained.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Structural Mechanics 2A (SCEE08002)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStructural Analysis/Mechanics
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2014/15, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 12/01/2015
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 18, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 12, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 53 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Intermittent Assessment 30%
Degree Exam 70%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. By the end of the course, the student should be able to:
    - describe the basic steps and concepts of matrix methods of structural analysis of structures;
    - identify and understand all the various matrices and the matrix operations involved in the process;
    - use the method in the solution of two dimensional simple elastic structural engineering problems, carry out checks to assess the correctness of the output, and interpret results.
  2. This course contributes to knowledge and understanding of:
    - The fundamental mathematics and physics that underpin all civil engineering analysis.
    - The underpinning principles and theories of all main aspects of the discipline of Civil Engineering.

    This course develops intellectual skills so that on completion students will be able to:
    - Identify and apply appropriate analytical tools for the analysis and solution of engineering problems.

    Practical skills developed in this course include the ability to
    - Apply a range of software tools in design.

    Transferable skills developed in this course include the ability to
    - Competently use computers and general software including spreadsheets, word processing and presentation packages.
    - Apply analytical skills to a wide variety of problems.

    Knowledge of the science and mathematics underpinning Civil Engineering is developed in this course so that students acquire
    - Knowledge and understanding of the fundamental scientific principles that underpin an education in civil engineering, and an appreciation of their application.
    - The ability to use mathematical methods and tools in the analysis and solution of civil engineering problems.
    - Knowledge and understanding of mathematical and computer models relevant to civil engineering, and an appreciation of their limitations.

    Areas of engineering analysis acquired in this course include
    - Knowledge and understanding of underpinning principles and theories in structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, hydraulic engineering, water resources engineering and environmental engineering.
    - The ability to apply knowledge and understanding of engineering principles to the solution of civil engineering problems.
    - Competence in the application of a finite element modelling package in the analysis of structural behaviour.
    - Ability to apply mathematical and computer-based models for solving problems in engineering, and the ability to assess limitations in particular cases.
    - Ability to extract data pertinent to an unfamiliar problem, and apply in its solution computer based engineering tools when appropriate.
Reading List
McGuire W., Gallagher R.J. and Ziemian R.D. Matrix Structural Analysis. 2nd Edition. John Wiley & Sons, 2000.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsStructural Engineering, matrix methods, computer aided analysis
Course organiserProf Yong Lu
Course secretaryMrs Lynn Hughieson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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