Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Special Topics in Engineering

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Civil and Structural Engineering

DESCRIPTION The study-unit takes an in-depth look at contemporary basis for structural design, keeping in mind a rational approach to safety. The study-unit addresses special horizontal topics in structural design, such as the effect of, and designing for, fire, the effect of wind, and the actions caused by waves and currents. Other important horizontal topics include design for robustness, fatigue, specific actions on structures, such as thermal movements, seismic or accidental situations, and actions related to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to take a detailed look at the philosophy of structural design as expounded by EN 1990, namely limit state design, the application of partial safety factors, reliability analysis, and the basis of design used throughout the Eurocode suite. In addition, the study-unit will also introduce the approach of the Eurocodes, and particularly EN 1991, towards the determination of actions on structures, particularly as far as concerns wind and other environmental actions, and highway loads. Finally, the study-unit will address horizontal themes in the Eurocodes, such as the structural fire design in concrete, steel and masonry, and other evolving horizontal themes, such as robustness, assessment of existing structures, and aseismic design.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify the basis of design to a specific design life;
- Explain the principles underpinning the robustness of buildings;
- Explain the principles underpinning structural fire engineering of main structural materials;
- Explain the principles underpinning aseismic design of structures.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Refer to the Eurocode suites of codes of structural design codes to obtain the appropriate actions caused by specific loading situations, including wind, traffic, thermal displacements, accidental events;
- Apply the appropriate partial safety factors and combination coefficients to the design of structures to achieve the specified design life at a consistent level of safety;
- Refer to the appropriate sections of the Eurocode suite of codes of structural design to ensure that buildings provide an appropriate level of resistance to fire;
- Schematically design a structure to ensure appropriate levels of robustness.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Gulvanessian H., Calgaro,J-A., Holicky M., (2002), Designers' Guide to EN 1990 Eurocode: Basis of Structural Design, Thomas Telford.
- Cook, N., (2007), Designers' Guide to EN 1991-1-4 Eurocode 1: Actions on Structures; General Actions Part 1-4: Wind Actions, Thomas Telford.
- Moore, D., Bailey, C., Lennon, T., Yang, W., (2007), Designers' Guide to EN 1991-1-2, EN 1992-1-2, EN 1993-1-2, EN 1994 -1-2 (Eurocode), Tomas Telford.
- Calgaro,J-A, Tschumi, M., Gulvanessian,H, (2010), Designers' Guide to Eurocode 1: Actions on Bridges, Thomas Telford.
- Knoll, F., Vogel, T., (2009), Design for Robustness, Structural Engineering Documents 11, IABSE AIPC IVBH.
- MSA EN 1990, Basis of structural design, (2002).
- MSA EN 1991-1-2, Actions on structures. General actions. Actions on structures exposed to fire, (2002).
- MSA EN 1991-1-4, Actions on structures. General actions. Wind actions, (2004).
- MSA EN 1991-1-5, Actions on structures. General actions. Thermal actions, (2003).
- MSA EN 1991-1-7, Actions on structures. General actions. Accidental actions (2006).
- MSA EN 1991-2, Actions on structures. Traffic loads on bridges, (2003).
- MSA EN 1992-1-2, Design of concrete structures. General rules. Structural fire design, (2004).
- MSA EN 1993-1-2, Design of steel structures. General rules. Structural fire design, (2005).
- MSA EN 1994-1-2, Design of composite steel and concrete structures. General rules. Structural fire design, (2005).
- MSA EN 1996-1-2, Design of masonry structures. General rules. Structural fire design, (2005).
- MSA EN 1998-1, Design of structures for earthquake resistance. General rules, seismic actions and rules for buildings (2004).

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM1 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Marc Bonello
Alex Torpiano

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