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Undergraduate Course: Structural Form, Function and Design Philosophy 3 (CIVE10020)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course gives an introduction to the full discipline of structural design and analysis, identifying key ideas that are used in different courses within the complete degree programme, and putting them in proper relationship to one another. It also covers many items that do not appear anywhere else in the degree programme but which are nonetheless critical to an overall understanding of structures and their design. It deals with the functional role of different kinds of structure, the structural forms that are required to address these roles, the dominant factors in the behaviour of each kind of structure and the consequent simplifications that can be used to lead to an understanding of the behaviour. It then deals with the philosophy of design, limit state concepts, ductility and stability and their implications for simplifications that are possible in design calculations. It then deals with different classes of analysis of structures and the kinds of results that can be obtained from each, finishing with fundamental theorems of structural mechanics and their application to different classes of problem.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: ( Structural Mechanics 2A (SCEE08002) AND Structural Mechanics 2B (CIVE08010))
Co-requisites Students MUST also take: Theory of Structures 3 (CIVE09015)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking ( Construction Management 3 (CIVE09013) OR Environmental Engineering 3 (CIVE09020))
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesStructural Mechanics/Analysis to 2nd year undergraduate level or similar
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
By the end of the course the student should be able to:
- describe different standard structural forms and explain the manner in which they can be used to deal with functional requirements;
- describe the dominant load carrying processes in different structural systems, and the way in which these influence design concepts;
- describe the kinds of simplified analysis that are appropriate to each structural system, explaining why each is appropriate, and defining the critical factors that dominate in controlling the strength of each system;
- explain limit state analysis, its objectives, statistical basis and the role of safety factors;
- explain the concept of ductility, identifying the difference between the ductility of a material and the ductility of structural behaviour, quoting examples where these differ from each other in one structure;
- explain the concept of structural instability, including the difference between stability of an element and stability of a structural system;
- describe linear and non-linear analyses that can be made of structures, their roles in design and the manner in which the results must be interpreted for safe design;
- use the fundamental theorems of structural mechanics to solve simple problems in elasticity.
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Course organiserProf Michael Rotter
Tel: (0131 6)50 5718
Course secretaryMrs Lynn Hughieson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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