Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE CVE5642

 
TITLE Structural Analysis 2

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Civil and Structural Engineering

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit builds on CVE5641 to address further advanced topics of structural analysis, focusing, first of all, on non-framework structures, such as arches and cables, and tensegrity structures, the elastic theory of plates and shells, and, finally, on important structural concepts of safety and reliability.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit has two basic aims. The principal aim is to offer students insights on the behaviour of particular structural forms, such as arches, cable structures, and tensegrity structures, elastic plates and shells, including membranes, plates on elastic foundations, thick shells, and deep beams. A secondary objective is to introduce special topics in structural analysis, primarily the issues related to safety and reliability.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Discuss the behaviour of arches under non-symmetric and point loads;
- Explain the behaviour of cables under self-weight, distributed, non-uniform and point loads;
- Analyse the behaviour of elastic plates and manipulate the equations of equilibrium and compatibility to obtain relative stress- and strain-resultants;
- Analyse the behaviour of elastic shells and manipulate the equations of equilibirum and compatibility to obtain relative stress- and strain resultants;
- Summarize the basis of a reliability analysis to the safety of structures.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Analyse the behaviour of determinate and indeterminate arches under symmetric and non-symmetric actions;
- Analyse the behaviour of cable-stayed structure under symmetric and non-symmetric actions;
- Analyse the behaviour of membrane structures under symmetric and non-symmetric actions;
- Carry out elastic plate analysis for simple structural elements including plates on elastic foundations, and plates-subjected to in-plane loads;
- Carry out elastic analysis of rotationally symmetrical uniformly loaded shells.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Ghali, A. & Neville, A.M., Structural Analysis – A Unified Classical and Matrix Approach, 2nd ed., Chapman and Hall, London 1978 (ISBN No.: 0 412 14990 7).
- Brush, D.O. & Almroth, B.O., Buckling of Bars, Plates and Shells, McGraw-Hill, New York 1975 (ISBN No.: 0 708 5028 3).
- Donnell, L.H., Beams, Plates and Shells, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1976 (ISBN No.: 0 070 17593 4).
- Timoshenko, S.P. & Woinowsky-Kreiger, S., Theory of Plates and Shells, McGraw-Hill, New York, 1970 (ISBN No.: 0 07Y 85820 9).
- Schneider, J., (1997), Introduction to Safety and Reliability of Structures, Structural Engineering Documents 5, IABSE AIPC IVBH.
- Lewis,W.J., (2003), Tension Structures: Form and Behaviour, Thomas Telford.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Independent Study & Tutorial

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S Marc Bonello

 
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