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MAR8092 : Advanced Structural Design and Analysis

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Yongchang Pu
  • Lecturer: Dr Mohamed Rouainia
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


A1. to provide knowledge of a range of structural analysis methods, failure criteria for design of marine structures
A2. to provide knowledge of methods for defect assessment of marine structures
A3. to introduce finite element method for marine structures
A4. To introduce fundamental concepts of soil properties and its application to marine structure failure assessment.

Outline Of Syllabus

The content of the course will include: Introduction to Structural Analysis of marine structures; Basic of Fracture Mechanics & Its Application to marine structures; Assessment of defects, such as gouges, corrosion and dents in Pipelines; Fracture Propagation; Fatigue Effects; Yielding and buckling of Submarine Pipelines; Code guidance on defect assessment; Finite element method; Fundamental properties of soil; mechanical properties of soil, Ground water, test of soil, design parameters of soils, Offshore pipeline geotechnical aspects including: : Pipeline stability of seabed, scour, design of buried pipelines, trenching of pipelines, foundation options, geotechnical design of foundations and tie back anchors.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Extensive Coursework
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Written examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion20:301:00Formative assessment. Time limited Canvas quizzes to prepare students for summative assessment.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials163:0048:00Lectures including tutorials [Present-in-person]
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion124:0024:00General Revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical82:0016:00Practice of ANSYS Finite Element Analysis Software [Present-in-person]
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study193:0093:00Review and study lecture materials, notes and general reading
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Formal lectures are designed to deliver the theories and their relation the current practice in the design and to explain the use of major techniques (IKO1 – IKO7)
The tutorial sessions are a mix of supervised and self-organising in which the students practise use of the finite element method and apply to pipelines (ISO1 -ISO2)
The independent study allows time for students to read the classic and leading edge papers on the related topics.

Should the public health situation require it, the present-in-person teaching activities will be replaced by synchronous online sessions.

Students should consult their timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A703 hours examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M30Approx 15 hours
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam allows students to demonstrate basic knowledge of the descriptive material and of the theoretical methods taught (IKO1 – IKO7)

The coursework tests students' ability to write reports, to use finite element package ANSYS for pipeline analysis (IKO5, ISO2)

Should the public health situation require it, the planned examination scheduled to be completed present-in-person will be replaced by an open book, online examination to be completed within a defined 24 hour period.

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