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MAR3039 : Marine Structures II

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Yongchang Pu
  • Lecturer: 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: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


The aims of the module are:
A1 - To introduce fracture mechanics and fatigue analysis
A2 - To introduce the effects of shear stress in beams
A3 - To predict structural responses of structures under torsion
A4 - To deliver knowledge and skills to undertake finite element analysis for frame and plated structures.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module increases the awareness of structural behaviour and develops advanced structural and material concepts.

Topics include: finite element methods; shear stress in beams; torsion in open and closed thin-walled cross-sections; stress concentration factors, fracture mechanics and fatigue analysis of marine structures.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Extensive coursework
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion20:301:00Formative assessment. Time limited canvas quizzes to prepare for summative assessment.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical12:002:00Practice of ANSYS Finite Element Analysis Software (use online videos); 2hr x 1 in computer cluster
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching61:006:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study139:0039:00Review and study lecture materials, notes, and general reading.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Formal lectures are designed to deliver the theories and their relation to the current practice in the design and to explain the use of major techniques. (IKO1-IKO6).
The tutorial and practical sessions are a mix of supervised and self-organising activities in which the students practice use of the methods and apply to marine structures (ISO1-ISO4).

The independent study gives time for the students to read the classic and leading edge papers on those topics.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100Taking approximately 30 hours
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
Computer assessment1M1 hr Formative assessment. Time limited canvas quizzes to prepare for summative assessment.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework tests the ability to write reports, derive mathematical expressions, solve 'real life' problems and apply the taught methods. (IKO1-IKO6, ISO2-ISO4).

Reading Lists