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CEG2302 : Steel and Concrete Structures (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce students to limit states design with special emphasis on the design of steel and concrete structural elements.
To provide students with the essential theories and concepts that enables them to design simple structural elements in both structural steel and reinforced concrete.
To introduce students to appropriate Codes of Practice (such as British Standards and Eurocodes).

Put simply, structural engineers design buildings and infrastructure for structural sufficiency. This module is the first in a series of structural design modules where students learn to do this. The module introduces students to the principles of limit states design and discusses the relevant limiting states and how these are derived. The module then describes the theory behind the structural models used to determine if a structure is structurally sound. In this module, design is limited to simple element design; however the relationship between element design and building system design is introduced. Construction issues are also discussed and some of these are demonstrated with a series of practical classes where full sized steel beams, concrete beams and steel columns are tested to destruction. Analyses of test results help to reinforce the theory. Finally students are introduced to relevant Codes of Practice for designing structures.

Outline Of Syllabus

Review of material behaviour of steel and concrete, introduction to reliability theory and the principles of limit state design, limiting states relevant for structural design of steel and concrete structures, bending of reinforced concrete beams at service loads, bending of reinforced concrete at ultimate limit state, shear in reinforced concrete beams, concrete compression members. Steel tension members, steel compression members, steel members subjected to bendings.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:303:00Computer exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion28:0016:00Revision for exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Present in person tutorial
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching12:302:30Pouring of concrete beams Present in person practicals.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching22:004:00Present in person delivery of theory
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:301:30Testing of concrete beams Present in person practicals
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study147:0047:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk92:0018:00Non-synchronous online delivery of theory
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

This subject is a professional, design type subject and as such the teaching tries to simulate a work environment as closely as possible. Teaching and learning is mainly through lectures and design examples. Students are encouraged to practise example problems at home and to do further reading. Solutions to these problems are given in the lectures. Practical classes help to introduce practical aspects of structural design and analyses of test results from these practical classes help to reinforce the theory. Small group teaching activities are run to give students the opportunity to further their understanding and solve examples.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances.
Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M5090 minutes computer based multiple choice exam
Computer assessment1M5060 minutes computer based multiple choice exam
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The learning outcomes from this module are essential if students are to become chartered structural engineers. A computer-based test is used to test the learning objectives have been met.

The practical work is meant to help students link the simplifying assumptions used in the design of steel and concrete elements with the real phenomena. this is also tested in the computer-based assessment.

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