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Undergraduate Course: Behaviour and Design of Structures 2 (CIVE08012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryIn this course, students develop an understanding of the basic concepts, behaviour, and strength of steel, concrete, prestreseed concrete, composite and other structural sections.
Course description The course consists of a total of 18 1 hour lectures, additional guest lectures and 8 1 hour tutorial sessions.


The lectures will follow this approximate schedule:

L1 Introduction
Structure and aims of the course; introduction to the limit state design philosophy; different types of structural forms.

L2 Stress-strain relationships
Stress-strain relationships (constitutive model) of idealised materials under uniaxial tension/compression: elastic-brittle, elastic-perfectly plastic, rigid plastic, elastic no tension, plastic no tension.

L3 Steel - 1
Strength of various steel sections under pure tension, compression or bending.

L4 Steel - 2
Moment-axial force interaction diagram for simple steel sections.

L5 Steel -3
Moment-axial force interaction diagram for complex steel sections.

L6 Masonry - 1
Bricks and mortar, behaviour of masonry, stress-strain relationship, compressive strength of masonry units and masonry assemblies.

L7 Masonry - 2
Analysis and design strength of masonry members under eccentric compressive loading

L8 Concrete - introduction
Concrete as a construction material, strength, test methods, review of stress-strain curve, introduction to durability of concrete.

L9 Plain concrete members
Tensile, compressive and bending capacities of plain concrete members, examples.

L10 Reinforced concrete members - 1
Section analysis based on full bond and plane section assumptions, Simplified stress block; over-reinforced, under-reinforced and balanced sections; calculation of the moment of resistance of singly reinforced section with examples.

L11 Reinforced concrete members - 2
Doubly reinforced sections, calculation of the moment of resistance of the section with example; flanged beams; calculation of moment of resistance of flanged beams.

L12 Reinforced concrete members - 3
Compressive resistance, M-N interaction diagrams, examples.

L13 Composite structures - 1
Bending resistance of steel-concrete composite sections.

L14 Composite structures - 2
M-N interaction diagram of steel-concrete composite sections.

L15 Composite structures - 3
Concrete reinforced with new materials (e.g. FRP).

L16 Prestressed concrete - 1
Introduction, concepts, techniques of applying prestressing, loss of prestress.

L17 Prestressed concrete - 2
Stress analysis and strength of prestressed sections.

L18 Revision


T1 Stress-strain relationships for different materials

T2 Tensile, compressive and bending capacities of steel sections, M-N interaction

T3 Steel and masonry columns

T4 Reinforced concrete sections: capacity under pure bending and eccentric compression

T5 Bending capacity of composite sections

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Civil Engineering 1 (CIVE08001)
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Structural Mechanics 2A (SCEE08002) AND Structural Mechanics 2B (CIVE08010) AND Materials Science and Engineering (Civil) 2 (CIVE08013)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone, but see co-requisite requirements
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 3.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 64 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 20%
Examination 80%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:30
Resit Exam Diet (August)1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. apply general stress-strain curves to analyse the stress distribution on a general section under combined bending and compression/tension;
  2. calculate the ultimate moment and compression capacities of general steel, concrete and composite (i.e. steel-concrete, FRP-concrete) sections;
  3. develop M-N interaction curves for any sections made of any materials (e.g. steel, concrete, masonry, composite) for a given constitutive model;
  4. calculate the ultimate capacity of common sections made of common materials under combined bending and compression;
  5. explain the behaviour of pre-stressed concrete.
Reading List
- Trahair, N. S., Bradford, M. A. & Nethercot, D. A. (2001). The Behaviour and Design of Steel Structures to BS5950, Spon Press, third edition-British.

- MacGinley, T. J. (1998). Steel Structures. London: E & FN Spon, second edition.

- MacGinley, T. J. & Ang, T. C. (1992). Structural Steelwork: Design to Limit State Theory. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, second edition.

-Nethercot, D. A. (2001). Limit States Design of Structural Steelwork. London: Spon Press, third edition.
- Owens, G. W. & Knowles, P., Eds. (1994). Steel Designers' Manual. The Steel Construction Institute. Oxford: Blackwell Science Ltd.

- Reinforced & Prestressed Concrete, Kong and Evans, Chapman Hall, 1992.

- Mosley, B., Bungey, J. and Hulse, R. (2007). Reinforced Concrete Design to Eurocode 2. Palgrave, 6th edition.

- Seward, D. (2003). Understanding structures, Analysis, Materials, Design. Palgrave, 3rd edition.

-Chanakya, A. (2003). Design of structural elements: concrete, steelwork, masonry and timber design to British Standards and Eurocodes. Spon Press, 2nd edition.
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr David Rush
Tel: (0131 6)50 6023
Course secretaryMiss Lucy Davie
Tel: (0131 6)51 7073
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