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Undergraduate Course: Structural Engineering 3 (CIVE09038)

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
SummaryIn this course, students develop an understanding of the basic concepts in to the design of steel, concrete, timber, composite and other structural elements. The course will cover the design for tensile, compression, shear, flexural, and combined loading.
Course description Structural Engineering 3 will help you develop skills towards design of structures against different performance requirements. By understanding how the loads are carried through structural elements, what internal forces generated by loads, constitutive behaviour of different materials, and possible failure modes, engineers can design structures to meet necessary performance levels.
Topic 1: Introduction: Philosophy of structural design, role of a structural design engineer, role of mechanics-materials-failures-risk and safety, material efficiency-resource minimization-sustainability, tools available for design, understanding the performance, design codes and due diligence.
Topic 2: Design for members under axial loading- mechanics governing the behaviour of structural members subjected to axial loading, incorporating material behaviour, section analysis, failures-crushing-rupture-instability, direct stiffness method for design, Eigen value analysis for bifurcation buckling, FE method for design, Design codes.
Topic 3: Design of members under flexural loads- mechanics governing the behaviour of structural members subjected to axial loading, beam theories, material behaviour, section analysis, failures-section failure-instability, direct stiffness method for design, FE method for design, Design codes.
Topic 4: Design of members subjected to combined axial and flexural loads- internal forces, interaction and section analysis, failures and consideration of instability, direct stiffness method for design, FE method for design, Design codes.
Topic 5: Design of members subjected to shear: internal forces, incorporating material behaviour, design tools, design codes, interactions.
Topic 6: Design for interfaces- mechanics of force transfer between layers, discrete and continuous interface connections, design for interfaces, FE method for interface design, Design codes.

The course will have lectures, self-learning and laboratories that will help the student to understand the principals used in SE3. The students will demonstrate what they have learnt through a group project, concept presentation (group-20% of the final mark), continuing progress assessments (individual/group-30% of the final mark), and final poster presentation (group-50% of the final mark).

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, 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 8, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 6, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 4, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 58 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam %: 0
Practical Exam %: 0
Coursework %: 100
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Explain the basis of design, how risk and safety are considered and applied in design.
  2. Apply knowledge on mechanics of structures, material constitutive laws, failures, and risk and safety to carryout structural designs.
  3. Carryout designs for structural members subjected to axial, flexural, shear, and combined loading.
  4. Carryout designs for single material as well as composite structures.
Reading List
Russell C. Hibbeler, Structural Analysis, 9th edition, 2014.
McGuire W., Gallagher R.J. and Ziemian R.D.,Matrix Structural Analysis, 2nd edition. John Wiley & Sons, 2000/2015 (new print).

Gere, J. M. and Goodno, B. J. Mechanics of Materials, Cengage Learning. 2009.

Teng, J.G., Chen, J.F., Smith, S.T. and Lam, L. FRP Strengthened RC Structures, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2002.

Teng, J.G. and Fernando, D. "Flexural strengthening of steel beams with FRP laminates", In FRP Strengthened Metallic Structures, Zhao, X.L., ed., Taylor & Francis, London, UK, 2013.
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Course organiserProf Dilum Fernando
Course secretaryMs Jennifer Reilly
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