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Module

CEG2301 : Structural Analysis

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Amir Mofidi
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

1. To understand the principles behind the analysis and design of statically determinate and
indeterminate structures.
2. To understand how these principles are applied and what assumptions and simplifications are made in structural analysis.
3. To emphasise the importance of strength, stiffness and stability within structures and structural elements

This module builds on the structural theory developed for statically determinate structures in stage 1, and provides valuable knowledge which underpins much of the design information and formulae used in British Standards and Eurocodes, and other Codes of Practice. The module has a strong mathematical bias and delivers fundamental theory behind many traditional forms of construction, including those which are in frequent use in modern construction.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Revision: concepts of structural equilibrium, simplifications and assumptions in structural analysis, degrees of freedom, supports, reactions, connections.
2. Concepts of static determinacy/indeterminacy and mechanisms for trusses, beams and frames.
3. Statically determinate trusses: methods of joints (revision) and method of sections.
4. Beams: loading; bending moment (BM) and shear force (SF); BM and SF diagrams (revision); Differential relations for BM and SF.
5. Euler buckling theory: critical forces and buckling modes.
6. Frames: loading, bending moment (BM), axial (AF) and shear force (SF); AF, BM and SF diagrams.
7. Deflections using energy methods: energy balance, virtual work, Castiliano, Maxwell’s principle, Betti’s law.
8. Analysis of statically indeterminate structures by the force method: Trusses, beams, frames.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00Online non-synchronous, pre-recorded video-lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture13:003:00Online synchronous, introduction to the covered topics, guide to the assessment, and conclude the mo
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation and completion of unseen computer-based mid-semester class test
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Online non-synchronous, pre-recorded video-tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study136:0036:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Total100:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying engineering principles and help students develop an understanding of the theories and methodologies used in analysing structural elements. The students will also be shown how to solve various structural analysis problems. Small group teaching activities are used to help students solve problems and prepare for examination type questions.

Alternative will be offered to students who are unable to be present in person.

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

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination1202M80Take home exam to be submitted 24 hours from being set (length TBC)
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2M20computer-based mid-semester class test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination and the class test are appropriate ways to assess both theoretical understanding and problem-solving skills under time-constraints as required in the industry. The students will need to memorise the methodology and relevant formulae in order to attempt solving the given structural problems. This encourages students to think critically and develop a comprehensive understanding of the concepts taught in this module.

Reading Lists

Timetable