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CEG8315 : Advanced Structural Modelling

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Peter Gosling
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


This module aims to enable successful candidates to demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical underpinnings of the finite element method, and to demonstrate their application through a number of problem solutions.

Outline Of Syllabus

1.       Principles of the finite element method
2.       Mathematical modelling for linear-static structural mechanics
3.       Finite elements in dynamics and vibrations
4.       Non-linear finite element analysis
5.       Concepts of stochastic finite elements
6.       Implementation and simulation

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials121:0012:00A-S/O: Non-synchronous online. Lecture delivery (video)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion341:0034:00Studying of lecture notes in conjunction with wider background reading
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0032:00formative and summative online in- course assessments (CANVAS quizzes/ABAQUS/ModelCentre
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical23:006:00PiP Computer-based practical.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching131:0013:00PiP Tutorial and assessment support.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk31:003:00S/O: Synchronous online. Introductions to primary module topics. Suggested work plans for non-syn
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students are expected to learn through guided learning, independent reading and solutions to tutorial problems. They are supported in this by the provision of recorded lectures, an extensive set of notes, and tutorial activities. Learning will be further enhanced through a half-day workshop (PiP) during which the application of commercial software to the solution of structural reliability problems is explored. For those students unable to attend the workshop in person, supporting virtual materials (e.g. PCap and recorded software demonstrations) will be provided to achieve the same learning outcomes.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person. Students should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

PiP: Tutorials + Computer Lab
S/O: Module talks
A-S/O: Lecture delivery (video recordings)

Contact = PiP + (S/O + A-S/O) =18 + (3 + 12) = 33: PiP = 55% of total contact hours (excluding assessment).

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A1002hr canvas-cased assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The knowledge gained in the module is expected to be an understanding of the principles of structural reliability analysis and the application of those principles to structural engineering applications using an example of commercially available software. The assessment is a combination of short questions and a smaller set of more exploratory questions. The short questions are a mix of numerical and written forms that randomly assess the full breadth and content of the module. The longer, exploratory questions are based on numerical studies and experiments performed using computation via the selected commercially available software. All assessments will be suitable for both PiP and non-PiP students.

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