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Module Title LM Experimental and Numerical Techniques in Structural Engineering
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Module Code 04 30588
Module Lead Dr Samir Dirar
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Description This module provides students with the opportunity to tackle real life structural modelling and assessment challenges. It intends to bring all students to a similar level as far as understanding structural behaviour is concerned. It comprises three complementary parts: structural assessment, nonlinear finite element modelling and experimental testing. Students will use state-of-the-art methods from the extant literature to assess the load carrying capacity of structural configurations not adequately covered by current codes of practice. They will then develop nonlinear finite element models to predict the detailed structural behaviour of the assessed members. Physical tests will then be carried out on the same structural members. The experimental results will be used to enhance understanding of structural behaviour and highlight the strengths and limitations of both assessment and finite element models. Lectures, workshops and/or seminars will be delivered to provide support at key stages of the module. These sessions will cover:
(1) Structural behaviour and assessment
(2) Nonlinear finite element modelling
(3) Health and Safety aspects within the context of physical testing

Students will ultimately produce written reports that demonstrate full integration of the experimental, modelling and assessment tasks.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Assess the capacity of structural members not adequately covered by codes of practice
  • Model the nonlinear behaviour of structural members using the Finite Element Method
  • Evaluate results from physical testing
  • Identify the strengths and limitations of experimental and numerical techniques
Assessment 30588-04 : Coursework : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 100% Coursework
Reassessment: 100% Coursework
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