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CEG2301 : Structural Analysis

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


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

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Class test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture231:0023:00Lectures that introduce and present detailed description for the essential theories and methods used
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion100:152:30Revision for class test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion230:3011:30Revision for exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching181:0018:00Tutorial sessions that reinforce the knowledge and understanding developed during the lectures
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:3042:30To review the lecture material, suggested text books and other relevant material
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A80Unseen written examination
Written Examination601M20Unseen class test
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination and the class test (1 hour) 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.

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