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Undergraduate Course: Steel Structures 4 (CIVE10030)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course explains the behaviour of steel structures, and explores how understanding of their behaviour is applied in structural design. The fundamental mechanics of steel structural members is described. The role of design codes in interpreting observed and theoretical behaviour is explained. This course also covers the stability of structural elements and their analysis.
Course description This 10 credit lecture course involves 10 hours of lectures.

The course topics (not necessarily in this order) include:

1. Column design
2. Beam design
3. Beam-column design
4. Steel connection
5. Portal frame
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Structural Analysis 3 (CIVE09036) OR Structural Mechanics and Dynamics 3 (MECE09036)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesEquivalent to Structural Analysis 3
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Online Activities 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Revision Session Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 62 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 55 %, Coursework 45 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 55% exam, 45% course work.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe structural behaviour of steel members using appropriate models;
  2. Communicate a design of steel structures clearly through neat and accurate calculations, drawings, and technical reports of an appropriate length and level of detail;
  3. Analyse the behaviour of thin-walled sections under external loads;
  4. Evaluate buckling modes of steel structural elements.
Reading List
- Timoshenko, S.P. & Gere, J.M., Theory of Elastic Stability, New York: McGraw-Hill, 1961.

- Structural Engineer's Pocket Book -- Eurocodes, 3rd Edition, Fiona Cobb, CRC Press ISBN 9780080971216

- Trahair N.S., Bradford M.A., Nethercot D.A., Gardner L. (2008). The Behaviour and Design of Steel Structures to EC3. 4th edition. ISBN 978 0 415 41866 9.

- Salmon C.G., Johnson J.E., Malhas F.A. (2008). Steel Structures: Design and Behavior, 5th Edition, Pearson, ISBN-10: 0131885561.

- The Steel Construction Institute (2005). Steel Designers Manual. 6th edition, Blackwell Science. ISBN 1405134127. (A very useful reference, but the current edition is based upon BS5950, not EC3.)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsSteel Structures,Structural Design,Structural Behaviour and Materials
Course organiserDr Yuner Huang
Tel: (0131 6)50 5736
Course secretaryMiss Mhairi Sime
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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