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Module Title LI Structural Engineering 1
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Module Code 04 29654
Module Lead Marios Theofanous
Level Intermediate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Pre-requisites LC Mechanics 1 - (04 28608)
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-44 hours
Tutorial-20 hours
Supervised time in studio/workshop-6 hours
Guided independent study-130 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description The module covers the following topics in theory and design of structures:


2-d stresses, Mohr's circle

Yield and failure criteria in 2D and 3D

St Venant's principle

Buckling of struts

Plastic collapse

Energy methods – displacements in pin jointed frames and energy in bending

Moment distribution

Behaviour and analysis of two-pinned and three-pinned arches

Behaviour and analysis of cables


Introduction to limit state design

Steel – design of restrained beams, short and slender columns under axial load only

Reinforced Concrete – design of elements in flexure (single and double reinforcement), shear design of reinforced concrete beams, design of short columns subject to axial load only.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • analyse a structural element under multi-axial stress
  • calculate the load capacity of single columns or struts subjected to axial load
  • explain the concept of limit state design
  • design a restrained steel beams, short or slender column to EC3
  • design a reinforced concrete element beam or short column to EC2
  • use moment distribution to analyse a continuous beam
  • analyse three pinned arches and appreciate the behaviour of two pinned arches under symmetric and unsymmetric loads
  • calculate strain energy due to axial force and due to bending in simple structures and use energy methods to calculate deflections in beams and simple pin-jointed frames.
  • apply the plastic method of analysis to beams and simple frames
  • explain the term shear centre and locate its position in a channel section
  • analyse cables subjected to transverse loads
  • explain the St Venaint's prinicple and its importance regarding the effect of localized stresses on structural behaviour
  • apply appropariate yield and failure criteria to deduce the safety of components subjected to complex stress states
Assessment 29654-01 : Examination : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (60%)
29654-04 : Coursework : Coursework (40%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment:

Assessment: Coursework (40%) 
3-hour written unseen examination (60%)


3-hour written unseen examination (100%)
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