Module Catalogue 2023/24

MAR8110 : Advanced Structural Design and Analysis

MAR8110 : Advanced Structural Design and Analysis

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Simon Benson
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Co Requisite Comment



A1 - To increase awareness of structural behaviour and to develop advanced structural and material concepts.

A2. To extend knowledge and understanding of finite elements applied to marine structures and develop working
knowledge and skills to undertake linear and nonlinear finite element analysis

Outline Of Syllabus

Theory of plates and grillages
Elastic and elastoplastic responses of plates, stiffeners and grillages;.

Linear and nonlinear finite element methods
Fundamental of both linear and non-linear structural response analysis; ship frame analysis and grillage analysis; formulations of beam elements, plane stress elements; dispalement and shape functions; equivalent nodal loads; beam-bracket compatibility and stiffener-plate compatibility;

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

On completion of this module students will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:
IKO1 - Distinguish between initial buckling and collapse of plating under in-plane compression.
IKO2 - Comment on the effective width of plating in relation to long plate strength and wide plate strength.
IKO3 - Discuss the factors affecting ultimate strength of plate.
IKO4 - Comment on design considerations and criteria for plate subjected lateral and in-plate loads.
IKO5. Fundamental requirements of structural analysis and evaluation of Stiffness Method and Flexibility Method
in structural analysis.
IKO6. The principles and procedures of finite element analysis.
IKO7. Advantages and drawbacks of different types of finite element.
IKO8. The properties of stiffness matrix.
IKO9. Finite elements such as beam elements, plane stress elements, isoparametric elements IKO17. Displacement
function and its relation to shape function.
IKO10. Beam-bracket compatibility and stiffened panel compatibility.

Intended Skill Outcomes

On completing this module students will be able to develop the following subject specific skills:

ISO1 - Calculate critical buckling stresses of plates, stiffener tripping stresses and column buckling stresses
of stiffened panels.
ISO2 - Evaluate longitudinal and transverse compression strengths of plates.
ISO3 - Design frame system to avoid plate buckling.
ISO4 - Design stiffened panels against in-plane compressions.
ISO5. Carry out finite element analysis for framework structures and plate structures.
ISO6. Established co-ordinate transformation and transform stiffness matrix in local co-ordinate system to that
in a global system
ISO7. Set up and solve global structural stiffness equations
ISO8. Determine nodal displacements, nodal reaction forces and internal forces
ISO9. Derive equivalent nodal loads on beam elements for various load distribution patterns

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials120:306:00Week 1 pre-recorded non-synchronous online lectures 6xFEM, 6XBuckling theory
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching83:0024:00Present-in-Person - Intensive Week Classes
Guided Independent StudyProject work130:0030:00Coursework preparation, pre-School Assignment
Guided Independent StudyProject work130:0030:00Coursework preparation - Post School Assignment
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study110:0010:00General revision, reading and consolidating of lecture notes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject by independent reading for which they are given guidance in the distance learning material (IKO1). The preschool study is reinforced via lectures during the intensive school itself. The use of design during the intensive school and work-based assessments and application after the intensive school also enable the students to learn. Subject specific skills (e.g. IT and project planning) are developed via the distance learning material, which is delivered by a web-based system (Canvas). Cognitive skills (problem solving/ decision making) are taught primarily through case studies and design classes, and developed through work based assignments. Key transferable skills (communication, time management, ability to work alone etc) are developed through work based pre- and post school assignments and via completion of the module itself, including the distance learning material (ISO1-12).

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M100postschool written exercise
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1MPre School coursework
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge and understanding are assessed via the written assignments. Subject-specific and cognitive skills are assessed via the module assignments, as are communication skills.

All students are to complete the Formative Pre-School Assessment prior to starting the intensive teaching week.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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