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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
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 11/01/2016
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%
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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. Describe the concepts of static and kinematic indeterminacies of structures, and their roles in structural analysis;
  2. Apply the matrix methods to analyse the deformations and forces in two-dimensional (2D) structures, in particular beam, plane truss and plane frame, and carry out checks and interpret results in connection with basic mechanics of structures;
  3. Carry out elastic analysis of frame structures using structural analysis software.
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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