Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Structural Design 3

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Civil and Structural Engineering

DESCRIPTION The study-unit aims at completing the series of study-units addressing the design of bending and compression-tension elements, particularly in structural steel, and reinforced and prestressed concrete elements. The forces that act at the connections between steel elements will be explained, and the connecting elements, such as welding and bolting, designed. The principles of detailing in reinforced concrete and masonry structures will be discussed, so as to ensure the integrity of structures. Simple concepts of prestressing of concrete will be introduced, with particular reference to pretensioned elements.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims at addressing the detail design, particularly of junctions between elements, in steel or reinforced or prestressed concrete.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Understand the forces that act at the junctions between structural elements, particularly in the connections in steelwork;
- Understand the principles of reinforcement detailing in reinforced concrete, particularly in continuous beams and slabs;
- Understand the overall behaviour of structures, so as to identify the requirements in respect of robustness, lateral stability, and resilience.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Design simple connections in steel structures;
- Detail simple reinforced concrete structures;
- Design particular elements, with complex stress states of bending, shear, torsion and axial forces, such as balconies and free-standing staircases;
- Outline the requirements of a structure in respect of lateral stability, accidental damage, and ductility requirements.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Arya, C., Design of Structural Elements, Spon.
- Kong, and Evans, Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete, Spon.
- Concrete Design to EN 1992, Martin, L & Purkiss, J., Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006.
- Extracts from the Structural Eurocodes for Students of Structural Design, British Standards Institution,, PP1990:2010.
- Structural Steel Design of Steelwork to EN 1993 and EN 1994 –Martin, L., Purkiss J., Elsevier 2008.
- Steel Designers Manual, Wiley, 2011.
- MSA EN1990:2002, Basis of Structural Design.
- MSA EN 1991-1-1:2002, Actions on Structures.
- MSA EN 1992-1-1:2004, Design of Concrete Structures.
- MSA EN 1993-1-1:2005, Design of Steel Structures.
- MSA EN 1996-3:2006.


STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%


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